Champions League: Can EPL teams do better this season

Marouane Fellaini and his United team-mates train ahead of Wednesday's clash

Marouane Fellaini and his United team-mates train ahead of Wednesday's clash

JOSE MOURINHO admits Manchester United have fallen behind the big boys in the Champions League.

Despite slipping up on Saturday against Stoke, Manchester United are still top of the Premier League with ten points from four games.

Their reward for winning Europe's tier two tournament is a comparatively easy group containing Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow. "Every game is unbelievable for Manchester United for me but the Champions League is the most attractive competition apart from the Premier League", he said on his club's official website.

Mourinho is not known for rotating his players unnecessarily, but with a tough game against Everton on Sunday, the Portuguese manager might be tempted to bring in other players.

United have been solid early in the season, but European competition always presents a challenge.

Now it's time to focus on the Champions League, which is back at Old Trafford.

And the Spain worldwide has reason to be confident, conceding only two goals in United's opening four games of the Premier League season. The pair can start to look like real Manchester United defenders when protected but once they're even slightly exposed, they completely fall apart. "But we are strong, we are playing well, we have good confidence in ourselves, and in spite of the match being hard tomorrow, we will try to win".

Jose Mourinho has demanded more from his forwards this season and they need to do their part or face a repeat of last season, where a lack of incisiveness, decisiveness and goals undermined their ambitions. He knows that step-by-step he is going to be there, but for tomorrow I am more than confident and I know he is more than confident.

He said: "It is not an opportunity for them, it's just normal".

"I think we are strong, playing well, with confidence in ourselves".

"Then he had an awesome career in the Premier League after that and I am sure Victor will be the same. There is a reason for Eric and Jones to be anxious because Victor is very good".

Mourinho suggested Fellaini had picked up the injury before the global break and seemed unimpressed he played 89 minutes for Belgium against Greece before being ruled out of the trip to Stoke.

"Fellaini didn't train yesterday (Sunday) and let's see if he can today (Monday)", Mourinho told the UEFA reporter.

Mourinho had said last month before the start of the season that the Sweden global was not yet ready for the Premier League, and said that the player needed time to settle down.

They have been dismissed as total rags at 150/1 to win Group C and 40/1 simply to qualify but a well-drilled, passionate collection of players and coaches are not just here to make up the numbers with the potential to make one or two of these nights uncomfortable for more established outfits.

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