Champions League - Group A
FC Basel1Man Utd0

FC Basel 1-0 Manchester United

Michael Lang scores Basle's winner
Lang scored the winner with his only shot on goal

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his side should have been five or six goals ahead by half-time of their Champions League defeat by Basel.

United dominated the first half of their penultimate group game, with Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork.

But, on the brink of securing the point they needed to reach the knockout stage, the visitors were undone by Michael Lang's 89th-minute goal.

"The first half was the perfect half - without the goals. I cannot complain. I cannot blame the players," said Mourinho.

"I think if we play a match like this 10 times, nine we win comfortably. In one we lose - and the one was now."

Renato Steffen and Dimitri Oberlin had already gone close for the hosts in the second half before Lang turned in Raoul Petretta's cross at the back post.

Anything better than a seven-goal defeat by CSKA Moscow in their final group game on 5 December would still guarantee United their place in the last 16.

Basel belatedly live up to pre-match hype

Basel crowd

Basel emerged before kick-off to the backdrop of a huge banner promising the sort of atmosphere that has spooked the likes of Liverpool,Chelsea,Tottenham and United in recent years.

It appeared an empty gesture in a first half during which United enjoyed 74% possession and the hosts failed to have a shot on target.

But United could not translate that dominance to the scoresheet and were stretched out of shape from the start of the second half.

Basel
Basel's touches in and around the Manchester United penalty area increased noticeably in the second half (right) compared with the first (left)

The Swiss side, seven points off the top of their domestic league, found space and little resistance in midfield, and the pace of Lang, Oberlin and Mohamed Elyounoussi helped them grow in danger.

The crowd increased in volume and the home side's chances increased in frequency, with Geoffroy Serey Die bringing a good save out of Sergio Romero, before Lang's decisive blow.

'Pogback' not yet fully complete

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba has been missing with a hamstring

Nobody summed up United's performance more than Paul Pogba.

United's record signing made a seamless return to action after nine weeks out in the weekend's win over Newcastle, and initially revelled in the responsibility of the captaincy against Basel.

Pogba was United's fulcrum early on - coming deep to pick the ball up from defence, prompting their most incisive attacks and decorating his play with some extravagant pieces of skill.

A delicious no-look through ball laid on the game's first clear chance, only for Romelu Lukaku to blast straight at Tomas Vaclik when precision was needed.

The Frenchman curled a free-kick wide before the break, but faded badly from then on as Basel too often broke at a vulnerable defence.

A crisp long-ranger into the gloves of Vaclik in the 65th minute was his final contribution before manager Jose Mourinho attempted, unsuccessfully, to plug the gap with the introduction of Nemanja Matic.

Mourinho with reason to moan

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic off the bench

With the Manchester derby five days after CSKA's visit to Old Trafford in the final group game, Mourinho could have done with a truly dead rubber against the Muscovites.

In reality, a team United beat 4-1 away from home are unlikely to deny the Premier League side their place in the last-16 draw.

Lax finishing and lapsed concentration will irritate Mourinho more on a night on which tournament favourites Paris St Germain delivered another ruthless statement of intent against Celtic.

Man of the match - Michael Lang

Michael Lang
Lang was a clever, consistent danger for Basel and capped his performance with the winner

'They couldn't handle us' - manager quotes

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "We played against a team that played with five defenders.

"We tried to play with three attacking players and that worked in the first half because they couldn't handle us.

"We didn't score in the second half probably because of the fact that we know one point is enough."

Zlatan's grand tour - the stats

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to play for seven different clubs in the Champions League (Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United).
  • No English side has ever managed to keep a clean sheet at Basel in 14 meetings.
  • United have conceded in each of their past three games in all competitions, after keeping six clean sheets in the seven matches before that.
  • After mustering just one shot in the first half, Basel managed 12 after the break.

What's next?

United take on Brighton at home on Saturday (15:00 GMT) and will resume their Champions League campaign against CSKA Moscow on 5 December (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

FC Basel

  • 1Vaclik
  • 36Akanji
  • 17Suchy
  • 23Balanta
  • 5Lang
  • 7Zuffi
  • 20Serey DiéSubstituted forFranssonat 80'minutes
  • 28Petretta
  • 11Steffen
  • 19Oberlin
  • 24Elyounoussi

Substitutes

  • 13Salvi
  • 15Fransson
  • 22Ajeti
  • 25Riveros Galeano
  • 27Manzambi
  • 30Itten
  • 33Bua

Man Utd

  • 20Romero
  • 36DarmianBooked at 83mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 5Rojo
  • 17Blind
  • 27Fellaini
  • 21Herrera
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forMaticat 66'minutes
  • 14LingardSubstituted forRashfordat 64'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11MartialSubstituted forIbrahimovicat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lindelöf
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 19Rashford
  • 23Shaw
  • 31Matic
  • 39McTominay
  • 40Castro Pereira
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
36,000

Match Stats

Home TeamFC BaselAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Basel 1, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Basel 1, Manchester United 0.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Raoul Petretta.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matteo Darmian with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Basel 1, Manchester United 0. Michael Lang (Basel) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raoul Petretta.

Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

Renato Steffen (Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a headed pass.

Foul by Matteo Darmian (Manchester United).

Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matteo Darmian (Manchester United).

Raoul Petretta (Basel) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Basel. Alexander Fransson replaces Geoffroy Serey Dié because of an injury.

Delay in match Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel) because of an injury.

Corner, Basel. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

Attempt saved. Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Raoul Petretta.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Anthony Martial.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Corner, Basel. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Oberlin (Basel) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raoul Petretta.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Manuel Akanji (Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael Lang (Basel) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Paul Pogba.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Renato Steffen (Basel) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitri Oberlin.

Attempt saved. Dimitri Oberlin (Basel) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Renato Steffen.

Attempt blocked. Renato Steffen (Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Luca Zuffi (Basel) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Basel. Conceded by Daley Blind.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd5401102812
2FC Basel53029549
3CSKA Moscow530278-19
4Benfica5005112-110

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG55002412315
2Bayern Munich5401105512
3Celtic5104517-123
4Anderlecht5005117-160

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea5311157810
2Roma52218628
3Atl Madrid51314316
4FK Qarabag5023213-112

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona532071611
2Juventus52215508
3Sporting52128717
4Olympiakos5014411-71

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool5230166109
2Sevilla5221111108
3Spartak Moscow51319636
4NK Maribor5023215-132

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City55001331015
2Shakhtar Donetsk530278-19
3Napoli520310916
4Feyenoord5005313-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas532094511
2FC Porto521210827
3RB Leipzig52129907
4Monaco5023411-72

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham5410124813
2Real Madrid5311145910
3B Dortmund5023510-52
4Apoel Nicosia5023214-122
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