Man United Injury Report vs Basel: Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones

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Wednesday night at FC Basel will likely see Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho rotate a few players from this weekend’s league victory over Newcastle United. Fixture congestion is coming up, and the festive period will be here before you know it, so this UEFA Champions League clash means a chance to rest some players for the major workload ahead.

Mourinho will likely still field a very strong side for this one, as the Red Devils need just the one additional point to officially book passage into the tournament’s knockout round. Here is the link to our Man United starting XI prediction.

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Man United Starting XI Prediction vs FC Basel (Champions League)

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Having won all four of their UEFA Champions League group stage contests up to this point, Manchester United are sitting pretty right now with almost certain prospects to progress from Group A. What side will finish second is much less clear. Perhaps it is Wednesday night’s opponents, FC Basel, who are level on six points with CSKA Moscow.

As the Swiss side are set to host United, CSKA will face Benfica in their penultimate group stage match.

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What Four Legendary Old School Football Players Do These Days

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By John O’Leary

When our favorite old-school football players left the field for the last time, some dropped out of the spotlight, choosing to lead quieter lives. Others do everything that they can to stay in front of the camera, seeking careers in entertainment, either acting or becoming a sports commentator. Still more get their moments in the spotlight in negative ways, such as felons on the evening news.

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to your favorite players after retirement, keep reading to learn about four famous former players and the lives that they lead now.

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Seven footballing greats who have never won the Ballon d’Or

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By John O’Leary

This year’s Ballon d’Or winner is set to be announced early next month.

Pele and Diego Maradona – considered two of the greatest players to have ever taken to the pitch – weren’t legible to win this prestigious award due to being South American.

As of 1995, the rulings changed to allow South American footballers to be considered as long as they’re currently playing their club football in Europe.

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Liverpool FC Aiming to avoid Spanish nightmare in the Champions League

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Liverpool FC visit Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow aiming to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s side lead Group E by a point over Sevilla, with Spartak Moscow three points down in third place.

Reds Defender Joel Matip missed Saturday’s Premier League victory over Southampton with a thigh strain, and the centre-back remains doubtful for Tuesday’s game.

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#19 Purdue Basketball Impressing with Frequent Century Club Performances

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#19 Purdue basketball has certainly cruised through its first four games of the season, winning big in impressive, fun-to-watch fashion. While #2 Michigan State gets all the hype, and #20 Northwestern is the media’s darling, the Boilermakers have been flying under the radar, despite the eye-popping box scores we see at the end of the night.

The Boilers, averaging 102 points per game, began the season with their first back to back 100+ points efforts since 1974. You could say they are premier members in college basketball’s “century club” in the early going. While the level of competition is about to step up considerably, they haven’t just beaten up on cupcakes this month.

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Jim Harbaugh Era Has Been Much More Hype than Actual Substance So Far

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Given the ridiculous amount of absurd hype that preceded the Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan, it’s pretty hard for anyone to live up to expectations. While a lot of the quirky things that Harbaugh does off the field and the extra-curricular activities he partakes in are actually great for the sport of college football, it only works when he takes care of business on the field, and he’s not doing that.

Michigan has two third place in the B1G east division finishes thus far in the Harbaugh era, and this year, it appears a fourth place finish could very likely be imminent.

They will now, as significant underdogs, host #8 Ohio State on Saturday to complete the regular season, and will do so having fallen out of the national rankings.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Kept the Serious Severity of His Injury Secret

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic often loves to talk about just how much larger than life he is. His ego and his public persona are massive, and he loves playing it all up for the cameras and other recording devices. He loves to give off a superhero vibe.

That’s why what he said following his long awaited return to action is so newsworthy. It was a heartfelt and serious moment of humility, a chance to show he’s mortal and human, not a television character, after all. Zlatan admitted that his knee injury, suffered against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinals in April, was a whole lot more serious than he led on.

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Antonio Conte Praises His Switch to a 3-5-2 Formation

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Last season Chelsea manager Antonio Conte switched his team formation to a 3-4-3 and a record setting hot streak began. The Blues saw their season take off after the tactical switch and they never looked back, running way with the Premier League title.

Only will time tell how the formation switch impacts this season’s results in the long term, but Conte is at it again, changing his side to a 3-5-2. So far, it’s been dominant as Chelsea routed West Bromwich Albion 4-0 yesterday, to give the Blues back to back clean sheets for the first time this season (the first result was the 1-0 winner over Manchester United on November 5.

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Man United News: Romelu Lukaku, Rio Ferdinand, Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba

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Manchester United thumped Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford yesterday, sending a statement to the rest of the Premier League. The Red Devils won’t concede the title to their Manchester City just yet, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba now back in action, they may have the firepower to contend again.

Let’s take a look at some of the news that’s currently circulating in the Man United online news universe as we head towards the UEFA Champions League group clash at FC Basel Wednesday night.

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Man United News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ryan Giggs, Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 at home yesterday, in a Premier League fixture result that certainly sent a statement. The Red Devils are not ready to concede the title to their intra-city rivals just yet, as they now have their injured stars finally returned.

Let’s take a look at some of the news that’s currently trending in the United Twitterverse and cyberspace as we head towards the UEFA Champions League group clash at FC Basel Wednesday night.

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Ryan Giggs Should Manage Wales, Says Mark Hughes

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When will Ryan finally get his first major managerial gig? Will it be with the Wales National Team? Current Stoke City and former Wales boss Mark Hughes recommends that Ryan Giggs take over the vacant position as leader of the Dragons. Hughes, in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live’s “Sportsweek,” endorsed his fellow Welshman.

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