Nemanja Matic states his prediction for Man United v Basel
Nemanja Matic looks ahead to Manchester United's crunch Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday
Nemanja Matic has warned his Manchester United team-mates that they are in for tough test when the Red Devils take on Basel in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils are finally preparing to return to Europe’s elite club competition after missing out last season and instead triumphing in the Europa League.
Manchester United have not won the Champions League title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho has been tasked with bringing European glory back to the club.
Matic has been a regular fixture in the Manchester United team since signing from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
And the Serbian midfielder has warned his side not to underestimate their Swiss opponents at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Matic told MUTV: “I follow football all over Europe and I played against Basel during the group stage when I was at Benfica.
“I know that they’re another tough team to play against.
“It’s going to be a great experience for us. But we have a good group with good teams and we have to give our best to be first in the group.”
Manchester United dropped their first Premier League points of the season on Saturday when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City.
The Red Devils return to Premier League action next weekend with a crunch clash against Everton on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s men finished in a disappointing sixth place last season but are among the favourites for the title this term.