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13 September, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Carla Brady
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Paul Pogba admits that he "came to Manchester United to play in the Champions League" and can not wait to hear the anthem again.

Mourinho confirmed that de Gea will continue in goal, and that Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof would play in central defence amidst of Bailly and Jones.

Mourinho said he had "no complaints" about how English football was set up and that he had the option to rest players.

But even with the absentees, Manchester United will be confident of a win after starting the season in such blistering form. "You're going to have to play them one way or another", said the England global ahead of Wednesday's visit of Dortmund. "I believe that he can score and I hope that he will score goals in the Champions League for us as well".

Expanding on Lindelof and his adaptation to United, Mourinho admitted the Swedish summer signing should be encouraged by Henrikh Mkhitaryan's learning period last season, as well as a legendary Portuguese defender who shone during the manager's first spell at Chelsea.

England boasts five teams in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League competition, which commences in just a couple hours. I don't think Jones and Bailly are better than them, they are the same level.

'There are many teams in the Champions League that are very similar to teams in the Europa League, ' Mourinho said.

The Spain worldwide is delighted United have returned to the senior European competition, saying: "It's good to be back in the Champions League at Old Trafford. There are reasons for Eric and Jones to be anxious".

Nevertheless, Real Madrid don't play until Wednesday evening and there are some belting games for us to concern ourselves with before then... The midfielder scored on the opening day and has added to his personal tally - another goal and two more assists in the next three games - keeping the Red Devils at the summit, by the end of week four in the Premier League.

'It doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or on the bench, if his condition improves, he will be selected because I need him'.

The Group A clash marks the first time Man Utd have appeared in the Champions League since dropping out at the group stage in the 2015/2016 season.

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.



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