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Manchester United will look to shake off the disappointment of their draw with Stoke on Sunday by getting their Champions League campaign up and running with three points against Basel in their Champions League Group C encounter at Old Trafford.

United’s five match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a halt when Peter Crouch helped claim a point for the Potters, and now the 2010 finalists will look to take their frustrations out on Basel.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s side could only manage a draw with Benfica in their first European outing of the season, and while they will be confident of overcoming the Swiss Champions on Tuesday, the Red Devils go into the game with a growing injury list.

Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will miss the game with knock which mean that Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen should be handed rare starts, while Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael and Tom Cleverley are also sidelined.

The injury to Nemanja Vidic is perhaps the most worrying for United, with the Serb still yet to train after picking up a calf injury last month.

While Ferguson looks short in the defensive department he will at least be able to call upon the services of Danny Welbeck once more in attack after the striker returned to the first team for ten minutes against Stoke having recovered from a hamstring injury.

The Scot hit out at the packed fixture list which sees his side come from the physical encounter against Tony Pulis’ side and into Champions League action just three days later, and he will look to pick up maximum points from the game against Basel and back to back encounters against Romanian champions Otelul Galati in order to rest key players ahead of a cruciak Premier League run in up to Christmas.

Basel have injury concerns of their own, and will go into the game without striker Xherdan Shaqiri to lead the line.

Alexander Frei bagged a brace in his side’s 2-1 victory in their opening Champions League match against Otelul Galati two weeks ago

 

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