Champions League preview: Man Utd back in their 'natural habitat'


Although the current form of Manchester United is stunning, the road to progress to the next stage of the Champions League is challenging.

Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United are not yet in the same realm as Europe's elite after 644 days away from the Champions League.

There will be many changes in the United side following Saturday's draw with Stoke with both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones not being able to feature due to bans. However, there was little time for preparation, and therefore for the upcoming fight Mourinho will certainly add to the team.

With Manchester United runaway favourites to win on the night you might prefer backing the hosts with an Asian Handicap start.

"This season will be a very good season for us to challenge them and show our reality".

Like Zlatan, I think he was brought in to win the Champions League. last season it was the Europa League, and now comes the step up.

Mourinho is one of five managers to have won the European Cup/Champions League with two different clubs, alongside Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jupp Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.

'In fact, Feyenoord and Anderlecht, we played them previous year in the Europa League, they were champions in their countries and now they are playing in the Champions League, so there are many teams with similar qualities.

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Speaking at the Aon Training Complex to preview Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Mourinho told reporters: "Fellaini didn't train yesterday so let's see if he can today".

"Apart from that there many teams in Champions League who are very similar to teams in the Europa League".

However, the Swiss outfit did knock United out of the group stages in 2011, in a huge shock that reverberated around Europe, and saw Nemanja Vidic suffer a knee injury that meant he never really returned to his prime.

Mourinho often gives the impression of a protective father when discussing the qualities of Marouane Fellaini in front of the media. It's more comparable to the style of the Portuguese league.

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To be back is just to go back to the natural habitat for Manchester United.

"We have to qualify for the round of 16 and then enjoy the special nature of the knockouts".