Mourinho blames scheduling for English clubs' poor Champions League record

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho understands why his club voted against the early closure of the Premier League transfer window

UNITED v FC Basel kicks off at 7:45pm on Tuesday September 12.

'But now we are back, we are really motivated to win Champions League games, to bring the Champions League games to Old Trafford, to the fans, and we need to play our best football to win those games'.

Our opening Champions League group game against the Swiss side will be the midfielder's first for the club in the competition following his summer move from Chelsea, and Matic says he's excited for the match.

'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is on the bench or if he is on the pitch.

"Even if Bailly and Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling", Mourinho added.

Real Madrid has won the Champions League three times in the past four years, and is looking to become the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to be European champion in three straight years.

- United return to the Champions league on Tuesday at Old Trafford against Basel.

The Switzerland global set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's second goal in Stoke City's 2-2 Premier League draw with United on Saturday, a result that ended the Red Devils' ideal start to their league campaign. He needs a bit more time to adapt to the Premier League, especially the new Premier League.

"For me, they are the same level". "I will go with him again", he said.

"He's an intelligent kid, very bright, very clam, he knows step by step he is going to be there".

You can't count a team out who has Neymar - you'd rather have him than not - but I think PSG will fall short.

"Their defenders have problems ff you play fast and bravely against them".

"He is a very good player with a very good potential, and honestly I think there are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, for them to be anxious because Victor is a very good player".

But the Spaniard was more frustrated at United's failure to win than by his own situation.

Mourinho used second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the Europa League last season but has confirmed he will not follow suit in the Champions League, with David de Gea a confirmed starter.

United have reached the knockout stages in 16 of their previous 20 Champions League appearances; however they haven't made it past the group stages since 2013/14.

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