Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling will make his starting line-up when Manchester United take on Basel on Wednesday night (22 November) with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and Michael Carrick to miss the Champions League clash due to various injuries.
"I made a decision to play Rashford and Martial together, the question for many weeks why don't they play together now it's why isn't Mkhitaryan playing".
United warmed up for the game with a 4-1 comeback victory over Newcastle United on Saturday that saw them reclaim second-place in the Premier League table but the focus will be on European matters this evening.
The busy winter fixture list will see United play nine games in December alone and Mata has revealed that Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Marcos Rojo, who has also returned after seven months out with a knee injury, have given the whole squad a lift. Zlatan and Paul are experienced players, top players and they give us a lot of things on and off the pitch.
Sergio Romero was handed his first Champions League start this season under Jose Mourinho It shows my confidence in the players.
The Portuguese boss also joked he hopes Gareth Southgate won't recall the United defender for future internationals after he was surprisingly omitted for the recent friendlies against German and Brazil.
Several hours before Man United's Champions League away match at Basel, three players have gone missing.
"Ultimately it's your club form that decides whether you play at a World Cup", the 27-year-old stated. "He had the match here, he saw the reaction of the pitch, he has the comments of his players, your words are more important than mine". Now the question is why is Micki not playing. "With him we have much more creation".
"Pogba's such a huge player in terms of creativity".