Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Madrid pins return to form on Ronaldo back for Champs League

Madrid pins return to form on Ronaldo back for Champs League

While Collymore does not think that the Red Devils can win Europe's premier club competition this season, he does think that they have what it takes to beat their Premier League rivals.

Ronaldo is eligible to feature in Wednesday's Champions League group-stage opener at home to Cypriot side APOEL, as Madrid look to get back to winning ways and begin the defence of their European crown in strong fashion.

Mourinho rested key players in Premier League matches towards the end of last season in order to save them for Europe, which he believed offered their best chance of Champions League qualification.

If Mourinho stays true to his word, then Smalling and Lindelof, United's close-season signing from Benfica, will pair up for the first time since United's 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last month.

However, the Manchester United boss will be without the services of his two first-choice centre-backs, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones unavailable for selection.

Keeper De Gea, 26, said: "A club like Manchester United not to be in those games, it was hard to watch - but now we are back". José Mourinho will be hoping his side have put the disappointment of the weekend's draw with Stoke City behind them, as United bid to start their European adventure with a victory.

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Champions League football returns to Old Trafford after a gap of well over a year on Tuesday when FC Basel visit Manchester United for their Champions League campaign kick-off.

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young continue their recovery process, and both players should return to first-team duties sooner than later. "They are at the same level, they are just different players".

- Tottenham and Dortmund's only previous encounter was in the round of 16 of the 2015-16 Europa League.

"In all the areas that make a team successful, I think we stopped in time". We will need to tackle the difficulties that playing in four competitions imply, and prove that we have a deep squad full of skilled and motivated players. Van Wolfswinkel netted twenty league goals and another three in the KNVB Cup, including a double in the final which led to Vitesse lifting a major trophy for the first time in their history.

But only when the teams are out, the talking stops, and that famous anthem booms around Old Trafford will it feel real, and there isn't a supporter on earth who isn't looking forward to that moment. This will only be the 31-year-old's third campaign in the competition after 2009-10 with Porto and last season with Monaco. "You could argue United played more long balls - and why wouldn't they, because they've got power and pace, and if they can get those players ahead of the ball with good accuracy they've got pace and power to burn".

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