Manchester United kick off their Champions League adventure against Swiss champions FC Basel on Tuesday night and Jose Mourinho, more than anything, will want to see his back four hold firm after a disappointing defensive against Stoke on Saturday.
With that in mind, here is a potential XI with the aforementioned duo at the back.
Mourinho would have been deeply concerned to see his first choice back four struggle to cope with Stoke’s direct attacking approach. Make no mistake: Man United’s chances of challenging for the title hinge solely on producing far more organised, composed displays than what we witnessed at the Bet365 Stadium.
Tuesday’s clash, therefore, presents Lindelof and Smalling – both yet to assert themselves on Mourinho’s line-up so far this season – with an important chance to show themselves to be a viable alternative capable of holding a solid line this season.