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Match facts: Basel v Man United

Published: Sunday 4 December 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Basel v Man United
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Published: Sunday 4 December 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Basel v Man United


UEFA milestones
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UEFA Champions League statistics
• Benjamin Huggel is the only player in this season's competition to have collected four yellow cards.

• Huggel, Alexander Frei and Marco Streller are within a booking of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: FC Basel 1893 1-0 FC Luzern (Streller 70)
Colomba; Steinhöfer, Abraham, Dragović, Park (Degen 57); Shaqiri, Cabral, G Xhaka (Chipperfield 84), F Frei (Stocker 74); A Frei, Streller

• Marco Streller scored his third goal in as many appearances as Basel beat the side that began the weekend second in the Super League, their ninth successive domestic victory. They have won 15 of their last 19 games in all competitions.

• On 26 November, Philipp Degen (113) and Alexander Frei (117) struck as Basel, who had Yann Sommer sent off (59), came from behind to beat second-tier FC Wil 1900 3-2 after extra time in the Swiss Cup third round.

• It was substitute Degen's first appearance for Basel since May 2005; last month he joined them until the end of the season after his contract with Liverpool FC was terminated in August.

• Basel will face FC Lausanne-Sport in the quarter-finals at the end of March.

• Heiko Vogel has 18 points from his first six Super League games in charge; at the same stage predecessors Thorsten Fink and Christian Gross had eight and ten, respectively.

• Vogel's first match at the helm was a 5-1 Swiss Cup win at FC Schötz on 15 October following Fink's departure to Hamburger SV. Vogel is expected to remain in the post until at least the end of December.

• Alexander Frei has scored 15 goals in his last 16 outings for Basel, including three penalties.

• Basel have scored in each of their 17 league matches this season, keeping eight clean sheets.

Injury news
• Valentin Stocker came on 16 minutes from time against Luzern, his first appearance since 23 April because of a knee ligament injury. Huggel was ruled out with a calf problem, however.

• Gilles Yapi (knee ligaments, 24 July) and Kay Voser (ankle, 17 September) are sidelined.

• Taulant Xhaka missed the Wil and Luzern games with a groin problem.

• Before the Luzern match Basel announced that Stocker had extended his contract until June 2016.

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United have committed 46 fouls; fewer than any other side in the group stage.

• Nemanja Vidić is available after completing a two-game ban; Michael Carrick serves a one-match suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: Aston Villa FC 0-1 Manchester United FC (Jones 20)
Lindegaard; Smalling, Vidić, Ferdinand (Giggs 64), Evra; Nani, Carrick, Jones; Young (Welbeck 79), Rooney, Hernández (Valencia 12)

• The English champions extended their unbeaten Premier League run to five matches, and ended a sequence of three games without a win in all competitions.

• Phil Jones scored his first club career goal in his 60th appearance for United and Blackburn Rovers FC.

• It was Sir Alex Ferguson's 973rd league game in charge at Old Trafford, breaking Sir Matt Busby's English top-flight record. He marked 25 years as United manager on 6 November.

• United have scored in their last 28 games in all competitions, although they have found the net only once in each of their last seven league matches.

• United had won their previous five games in all competitions before being held on matchday five; they then drew at home to Newcastle United FC on 26 November before losing at home to second-tier Crystal Palace FC in the League Cup quarter-finals four days later.

• Manchester City FC inflicted United's heaviest Premier League defeat with a 6-1 derby success on 23 October. It was United's worst home reverse since a 5-0 loss against the same opponents in February 1955 and the first time they had conceded six or more goals at Old Trafford since September 1930.

• United won all but one of their Premier League home games in 2010/11 and had not lost at Old Trafford in all competitions since a 2-1 league defeat by Chelsea FC on 3 April 2010. Of the subsequent 37 matches, 33 ended in United victories.

• United beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Community Shield on 7 August.

• There will be another Manchester derby in the FA Cup third round on 7/8 January after United were drawn away to holders City.

Injury news
• Javier Hernández went off early on at Villa with suspected ligament damage to his left ankle.

• Danny Welbeck, out with a hamstring strain since 12 November, came on as a late substitute at Villa.

• Dimitar Berbatov was missing on Saturday with an ankle injury; Fabio sat out the game due to a hamstring problem.

• Anderson (knee) is not expected to play until February and Michael Owen (thigh) has been ruled out until Christmas after both picked up injuries on matchday four.

• On 25 October Tom Cleverley returned from a left foot injury that had kept him out since 10 September, but was withdrawn with an ankle problem shortly after half-time at Everton FC four days later and has not played since.

• Wayne Rooney sat out matchday five with a hip injury, but returned against Newcastle.

• Rafael (shoulder, thigh) and Darron Gibson (foot) made their first competitive appearances of the season against Crystal Palace.

• Five current United players have been nominated for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, which will be announced in Zurich on 9 January: Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Vidić, Nani and Rooney, plus the retired Edwin van der Sar.

• On Monday Sir Alex was named on the three-man list for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award; Rooney's goal against Manchester City in February is one of three contenders for the Ferenc Puskás prize for goal of the year.

• Vidić announced his retirement from international football following Serbia's failure to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012.

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