Juan Mata states his prediction for Basel v Man United

Juan Mata warns his Manchester United team-mates not to underestimate Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has warned his Manchester United team-mates that they will have to be at their best if they want to beat Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils head into the game knowing that a victory would book their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

Mata was in good form for Manchester United as the Red Devils returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday night with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now switch their attentions back to European affairs and look to claim the point needed to secure their qualification for the knockout phase of the competition.

Mata is expecting a tough test for the Red Devils against the Swiss side but is confident that Mourinho’s men can get the job done.

Writing in his personal blog, One Hour Behind, Mata said: “Now we have three games in just seven days against sides that won’t give us a break.

“First of all we travel to Switzerland to play Basel in the Champions League.

“They are second in the group with the same points of CSKA, which gives an idea of the importance of this game for them, but also for us: we are Manchester United and we are committed to try to win every single game, so I’m sure we will see a tough and even match.”

Manchester United’s win over Newcastle kept them to within eight points of Manchester City at the top of the table, with the Citizens having only dropped points on one occasion so far this season.

The Red Devils will return to Premier League action with a trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

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