in the team's history." That's some statement, and as much as there is pressure on us to get the point we need, I'm sure the Basel players will be feeling a few nerves given the possible rewards for them. Experience is always important on nights like this and it's good to know we've got plenty in the squad. I'm going for 3-1 to United. What do you think? Post your score predictions on Talking Reds now.
16:55 The players are due to have their pre-match meal shortly before we head to the stadium in a couple of hours. This trip is slightly different to a regular Champions League one in that we're staying over in Basel after the game because the airport closes before we'd be able to get there after the game (it's the same in cities like Munich). Consequently we'll be coming back to the hotel and flying home tomorrow afternoon. And, as you may have read, by coincidence Wayne Rooney's UEFA hearing takes place tomorrow morning so he'll be attending that before we leave.
16:10 Thanks for all your posts of your starting line-ups. Here's what us lot in the office think...
Nick: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Park, Fletch, Jones, Nani; Giggs, Rooney.
James: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Park, Giggs, Fletcher, Nani; Rooney.
Gemma: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Jones, Giggs, Fletcher, Young; Rooney.
Adam: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Park, Jones, Fletcher, Giggs; Rooney.