Champions League

Manchester United stars look glum… but Paul Pogba is all smiles as Jose Mourinho’s side fly home after Champions League defeat to Basel

MANCHESTER UNITED stars looked glum as they landed at Manchester Airport early this morning.

Well, except for Paul Pogba, who was pictured sharing a laugh and a handshake after the late night flight home from Switzerland.

 Paul Pogba shared a smile and a handshake with a fan as Manchester United arrived back in Blighty early on Thursday

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Paul Pogba shared a smile and a handshake with a fan as Manchester United arrived back in Blighty early on Thursday
 Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked very glum after the 1-0 defeat to Basel

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked very glum after the 1-0 defeat to Basel

Jose Mourinho’s team lost 1-0 to Basel at St Jakob-Park, missing out on the chance to secure qualification to the knockout stage.

United will qualify top of Group A if they draw with CSKA Moscow on December 5 – although they will only fail to reach the next round if the Russian side beat them by seven clear goals at Old Trafford.

With Brigton waiting at the weekend, Mourinho wasted no time getting his squad back to Blighty.

The 1hour 45minute flight actually sees travellers cross the border into France to fly back from the EuroAirport, which serves Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany).

 Jose Mourinho arrives, with his trolley wheeled by security staff

Eamonn and James Clarke

Jose Mourinho arrives, with his trolley wheeled by security staff
 Romelu Lukaku had his hood up as he wheeled his case through Manchester Airport

Eamonn and James Clarke

Romelu Lukaku had his hood up as he wheeled his case through Manchester Airport
 Paul Pogba later covered his face when being pictured

Eamonn and James Clarke

Paul Pogba later covered his face when being pictured
 Marouane Fellaini cut a sad figure as he trudges through the doors

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Marouane Fellaini cut a sad figure as he trudges through the doors

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who made his first Champions League appearance in 18 months, looked especially glum as he walked through the airport.

Both Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini opted to keep their hoods up.


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Mourinho, his trolley being wheeled by security staff, was in relaxed mood on Wednesday night, despite the defeat.

He said: “I don’t think we even need to draw.”

Daley Blind blamed himself for the defeat after losing Michael Lang for the goal, but Mourinho disagreed with that summary.

 

 Ander Herrera also looked unhappy after the early morning flight

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Ander Herrera also looked unhappy after the early morning flight
 Fellaini walks with his head down and his hood up

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Fellaini walks with his head down and his hood up
 Ibra, who played 15 minutes in Switzerland, did not look overly happy

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Ibra, who played 15 minutes in Switzerland, did not look overly happy
 Daley Blind, who blamed himself for defeat, and Anthony Martial exit the airport, followed by Ibrahimovic

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Daley Blind, who blamed himself for defeat, and Anthony Martial exit the airport, followed by Ibrahimovic
 Marcos Rojo played his first match since April in the 1-0 defeat

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Marcos Rojo played his first match since April in the 1-0 defeat
 David De Gea travelled but was not even on the bench for the game

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David De Gea travelled but was not even on the bench for the game
 Sergio Romero also played his first game of the season in goal - his first since the Europa League final win against Ajax

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Sergio Romero also played his first game of the season in goal – his first since the Europa League final win against Ajax
 Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the rest of the United squad now prepare to face Brighton at the weekend

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the rest of the United squad now prepare to face Brighton at the weekend
Man Utd manager Mourinho seems to be having a tragic bromance with Marouane Fellaini

The Portuguese instead blaming missed chances.

He added: “I don’t think it’s fair for [Blind] to blame himself because he had a very positive game and we have to blame everyone that was on the pitch.

“We lost so many chances that we put ourselves in this situation. It’s always a risky situation when you forgive so many chances.

“We lost because in the first half we should have been 5-0 ahead and we couldn’t score one goal after being so dominant.

“For many periods of the first half it seemed impossible not to win.”

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