Date: 23rd November 2017 at 8:15am
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In Switzerland, last night, the plan was that Manchester United would do what was necessary to ensure that qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League was assured.

For 89 minutes that proved to be exactly the case, with Manchester United controlling the game.

However, Basel, who have a habit of pulling off unexpected results on their home ground, had other ideas.

With the clock running down, Michael Lang was presented with a glorious opportunity to score from close-range, an opportunity he was not too waste sending the home support delirious with delight, finishing with aplomb after a cross from Raoul Petretta found him at the back post.

Perhaps the writing, with regards to a shock result, had been on the wall earlier with Renato Steffen and Dimitri Oberlin going close.

But, in all honesty, Manchester United should have had the game wrapped up earlier with both Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork.

After the game, Jose Mourinho perhaps summed up what had happened perfectly, quipping,

‘The first half was the perfect half – without the goals. I cannot complain. I cannot blame the players.

‘I think if we play a match like this 10 times, nine we win comfortably. In one we lose – and the one was now.’

Although Manchester United didn`t qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League last night, their place is virtually assured with CSKA Moscow having to beat United by seven goals to progress in the last fixture of the group.