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Manchester United 3-0 Basle PLAYER RATINGS: Marouane Fellaini heads his way to an EIGHT while Romelu Lukaku's first European goal for Jose Mourinho's United earns a 7.5

Manchester United were cool as can be under the pressure of their return to the Champions League, easing past Basle 3-0.

Long-criticised Marouane Fellaini was the first to strike a blow, backing up Jose Mourinho's support for the Belgian midfielder with a first-half header. 

The final blows were dealt by Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford at either side of the second-half, sealing the perfect start to United's return. 

The night would not be completely stress-free for Mourinho and United fans, as Paul Pogba was taken off with injury after just 19 minutes. Sportsmail's Jack Gaughan is on hand to bring you the player ratings. 

Marouane Fellaini silenced his critics yet again as he heads Manchester United into the lead

Marouane Fellaini silenced his critics yet again as he heads Manchester United into the lead

MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)

DAVID DE GEA – 7

Add another stunning save to his list after athletically thwarting Mohamed Elyounoussi at 2-0.

ASHLEY YOUNG – 7

Wonderful ball in for Marouane Fellaini’s opener and never lets United down.

VICTOR LINDELOF – 6

Stood up tall when Basle ran at him and strong distribution. Can get in a tangle positionally.

The Belgian headed in a first-half goal in United's Champions League opener against FC Basle

The Belgian headed in a first-half goal in United's Champions League opener against FC Basle

CHRIS SMALLING – 6.5

Just the one uncertain moment via a misplaced clearance after a month on the bench.

DALEY BLIND – 6

Good cross for Romelu Lukaku’s goal, although did get sucked in by Basle on occasion.

NEMANJA MATIC – 7

Seems to control midfield every week. United’s heartbeat and reads the game imperiously.

PAUL POGBA – 6

Captain in Antonio Valencia’s absence but forced off with a hamstring problem after 19 minutes.

JUAN MATA – 7

Feels more willing to break beyond the striker and did enough creatively to warrant starting.

Marcus Rashford needed just six minutes to put his stamp on the game with a late goal

Marcus Rashford needed just six minutes to put his stamp on the game with a late goal

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN – 6.5

Desperately needs a goal. Fluffed two huge opportunities in the first half but general play was encouraging.

ANTHONY MARTIAL – 6

One mazy run after the break which lifted Old Trafford but currently appears better from the bench.

ROMELU LUKAKU – 7.5

Just can’t keep him out of games. Another goal (his sixth) to add to a growing collection.

And Romelu Lukaku also got in on the act with his first Champions League goal for United

And Romelu Lukaku also got in on the act with his first Champions League goal for United

SUBS

MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Pogba, 19) – 8

Jose Mourinho feels ‘weak’ without him and Fellaini silenced the naysayers again. Goal and an assist.

JESSE LINGARD (for Martial, 69) – 6

Some much-needed minutes for Lingard, who scurried off the bench.

MARCUS RASHFORD (for Mata, 77)

Had only been on a matter of moments before scoring the third.

Subs not used: Romero, Carrick, Valencia, Darmian

MANAGER: JOSE MOURINHO – 7

Six changes and maximum points – a positive night apart from Pogba.

 

REF: RUDDY BUQUET (Fra) – 6.5

Allowed the game to flow where possible with minimal fuss.

 

Basle (5-4-1): Vaclik 7; Lang 6, Akanji 5.5, Suchy 6, Balanta 4.5, Riveros 5.5 (Oberlin 77); Steffen 6, Xhaka 6, Zuffi 6, Elyounoussi 7; Van Wolfswinkel 5 (Bua 66, 6)

Subs not used: Salvi, Gaber, Fransson, Schmid, Calla

The only down side to the evening came on 19 minutes as Paul Pogba limped off injured

The only down side to the evening came on 19 minutes as Paul Pogba limped off injured

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