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United face Basel threat on final day

Published: Monday 28 November 2011, 8.45CET
Manchester United FC have only fallen in the group stage twice but defeat at FC Basel 1893 would ensure a third early exit and send the Swiss side through from Group C.
United face Basel threat on final day
Basel's Marco Streller made life difficult for United's defenders in the 3-3 draw in Manchester ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BaselMan. United

Goals scored12
 
11
Attempts on target32
 
38
Attempts off target35
 
32
Corners30
 
28
Offsides24
 
21
Fouls committed91
 
63
Yellow cards18
 
8
Red cards1
 
1
 
Published: Monday 28 November 2011, 8.45CET

United face Basel threat on final day

Manchester United FC have only fallen in the group stage twice but defeat at FC Basel 1893 would ensure a third early exit and send the Swiss side through from Group C.

Manchester United FC will look to prevent an unwanted hat-trick when they take on FC Basel 1893 in their decisive final Group C fixure.

• In 16 previous UEFA Champions League group stage campaigns, United have failed to progress only twice – in 1994/95 and 2005/06 – and they will be determined to ensure they do not slip up for a third time at St. Jakob-Park.

• Basel will have other ideas for although United need only a draw to qualify, Heiko Vogel's hosts know that a victory would lift them above the Premier League champions and into the last 16 for only the second time.

Previous meetings
• United came from behind to beat Basel 3-1 in the teams' first encounter in Switzerland on 26 November 2002. Ruud van Nistelrooy (2) and Ole Gunnar Solskjær hit three goals in seven second-half minutes after Christian Giménez's first-minute strike.

• The lineups were:
Basel: Zuberbühler, Atouba, Cantaluppi, Haas, M Yakin, Zwyssig, Chipperfield (Tum 73), Ergić (Barberis 84), H Yakin, Giménez, Rossi (Duruz 84).
Man Utd: Barthez, O'Shea, Silvestre, Brown (May 90), P Neville, Fortune, Scholes, Verón, Giggs, Van Nistelrooy (Forlán 73), Solskjær (Chadwick 90).

• Darren Fletcher made his United debut in the return at Old Trafford on 12 March 2003. Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Scott Chipperfield also featured in the 1-1 draw, Gary Neville cancelling out another Giménez goal. United won that second group stage section with Christian Gross's Basel third, level on points with second-placed Juventus.

Match background
• The 2002/03 campaign was Basel's first taste of the last 16 and also the only time they have won more than one home game in a UEFA Champions League group – something they must repeat to snatch second place from United.

• Basel drew 3-3 at Old Trafford in September – when only Ashley Young's late header denied them victory – but United are unbeaten in eight away games in the UEFA Champions League, a sequence that features six wins and seven clean sheets.

• In Basel's last home meeting with English opposition they lost their decisive final UEFA Europa League group game against Fulham FC 3-2 in December 2009, when needing only a draw. Their overall home record against visitors from England is W2 D2 L3.

Team ties
• Sir Alex Ferguson achieved his biggest European victory when Aberdeen FC 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.

• Sir Alex's Aberdeen 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 at Sion, who eliminated Aberdeen 4-2 on aggregate in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round.

• 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.

• 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 Alexander 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 June, De Gea's Spain winning 2-0 against a Switzerland team including Shaqiri and Xhaka.

• Fletcher's Scotland beat Sandro Wieser's Liechtenstein 2-1 in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in Glasgow in September 2010.

• Nemanja Vidić was in the Serbia side beaten 2-1 by Chipperfield's Australia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

• Alexander 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.

Last updated: 05/12/11 14.48CET

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