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FC Basel 1893 coach Thorsten Fink will know better than to take anything for granted when his team visit Manchester United FC on matchday two.
• Fink was a member of the FC Bayern München side beaten by two added-time United goals in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final and faces the English title holders for the first time as a coach.
• Basel are top of Group C following their 2-1 home win against FC Oţelul Galaţi on matchday one, when United were held 1-1 at SL Benfica.
• Darren Fletcher made his United debut when Basel visited Old Trafford on 12 March 2003. United had already qualified for the quarter-finals when the teams met in their penultimate game of that season's second group stage and it finished 1-1 after Gary Neville cancelled out Christian Giménez's first-half goal.
• Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Scott Chipperfield are the only other survivors from that game. The full lineups were:
Man Utd: Carroll, G Neville, Ferdinand, Blanc (Scholes 74), O'Shea, P Neville, Solskjær, Fletcher (Beckham 74), Butt, Richardson (Giggs 46), Forlán.
Basel: Zuberbühler, Haas, M Yakin, Zwyssig, Atouba, Barberis, Cantaluppi, Chipperfield, H Yakin, Rossi (Huggel, 63), Giménez (Tum 77).
• United also overcame an opening Giménez goal when beating Basel 3-1 in the teams' preceding meeting in Switzerland but while Sir Alex's men finished as group winners, Christian Gross's Basel ended up third, level on points with second-placed Juventus and RC Deportivo La Coruña.
• United have lost just once in their last 32 UEFA Champions League outings at Old Trafford.
• Basel have never won in seven visits to England and since drawing at both Liverpool FC and United in their debut UEFA Champions League campaign in 2002/03, have lost at Newcastle United FC, Middlesbrough FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and Fulham FC.
• Basel won three of six away games in Europe in 2010/11, although they won one and lost two in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Sir Alex Ferguson achieved his biggest European victory against Swiss opposition when his Aberdeen FC side beat FC Sion 7-0 in the opening match of their triumphant 1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup campaign. They also won the return 4-1 in Switzerland.
• With Aberdeen, Sir Alex subsequently got the better of Servette FC in the 1985/86 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round, 1-0 on aggregate. However, his last European match before joining United was a 3-0 defeat in Sion, who eliminated Aberdeen 4-2 on aggregate in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round.
• Fink was an 80th-minute substitute in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, entering with his side leading 1-0 before they succumbed to United's dramatic late turnaround. He had come off the bench for the teams' 2-2 group stage draw in Munich that season, and featured as a 73rd-minute substitute at Old Trafford in a 0-0 second group stage draw in March 2002.
• Wayne Rooney scored England's opener in a 3-1 win in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier at Basel's St. Jakob-Park in September 2010. Xherdan Shaqiri replied for a Switzerland side including Alexander Frei and Marco Streller.
• Ashley Young scored and Ferdinand also played when England drew 2-2 with Switzerland in the return at Wembley in June. Shaqiri and debutant Granit Xhaka were in the Swiss team.
• Rooney scored twice against Switzerland in a UEFA EURO 2004 group match in Portugal; Michael Owen and Basel's Frei and Benjamin Huggel also featured.
• David de Gea and Yann Sommer were in the opposing goals at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final in Aarhus in June, where De Gea's Spain were 2-0 winners against a Switzerland team including Shaqiri and Xhaka.
• Nemanja Vidić was in the Serbia side beaten 2-1 by Chipperfield's Australia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
• Frei scored for Switzerland in a 2-0 win that eliminated Park Ji-Sung's Korea Republic from the 2006 World Cup.
• Park Joo-Ho made one Korea Republic appearance alongside Park Ji-Sung prior to the latter's international retirement.
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