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After nearly a two-year absence, Manchester United make their return to the Champions League on Tuesday night when they line up against Basel at Old Trafford.United get their campaign underway against the current Swiss champions – a club that has won the Swiss Super League for the last eight seasons in a row.

Manchester United's return to the elite level of European competition was not a swash-buckling display of attacking dominance, nor will it have shook those clubs on the continent of a similar size and stature, but it was the kind of comfortable, authoritative Champions League group stage victory that Old Trafford used to see on a regular basis.

Two headed goals, the first from Marouane Fellaini and the second by Romelu Lukaku, and a late strike by Marcus Rashford meant Jose Mourinho’s side took three points from their first appearance at this level since his appointment.

Post-Sir Alex Ferguson, the club has progressed from the group stages just once and Jose Mourinho seemed keenly aware of that fact in his programme notes, speaking of wanting his team to be “on a par with the club’s history”.

His players began as if they had read those very words.

Paul Pogba, captaining the club for the first time, had his night cut short before the 20-minute mark.

His departure came just as United were beginning to find their groove.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed two glorious chances to break the deadlock, initially heading over after a fluid United move and then somehow hitting the upright from point-blank range after an intelligent drag-back by Lukaku.

United were dominant but the art of finishing appeared to be evading them.

With the side short of options at the back for Tuesday's game, the 23-year-old now has his big chance to shine on the main stage as he bids to convince Mourinho of his worth. Part of an exciting generation of young Norwegian talent that includes Martin Ødegaard, Mats Dæhli and Iver Fossum, Elyounoussi left his homeland in 2016 to join Basel where he’s since made 38 league appearances for the side, scoring 11 goals.

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