Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Rojo in Man United travelling party

  • Jose Mourinho has named a strong squad for Manchester United's next game
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo will be pushing for first starts of the season
  • Paul Pogba played 70 minutes of Man United's encounter with Newcastle
  • Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young appear to have been rested 

By Anthony Hay for MailOnline

Published: 10:57 EST, 21 November 2017 | Updated: 11:16 EST, 21 November 2017

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to follow up his cameo appearance against Newcastle with his first start of the season. 

The experienced Swede came on for the last 13 minutes of United's 4-1 win much to the delight of his fans, team-mates and boss Jose Mourinho. 

Ibrahimovic had been out of action since April when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the Europa League against Anderlecht.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) shares a joke with coach Emilio Alvarez and David de Gea
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) shares a joke with coach Emilio Alvarez and David de Gea

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) shares a joke with coach Emilio Alvarez and David de Gea

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba arrives at Manchester Airport on Tuesday
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba arrives at Manchester Airport on Tuesday

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba arrives at Manchester Airport on Tuesday

Marcos Rojo (pictured with Ander Herrera) arrives with a packet of caramel Snack a Jacks
Marcos Rojo (pictured with Ander Herrera) arrives with a packet of caramel Snack a Jacks

Marcos Rojo (pictured with Ander Herrera) arrives with a packet of caramel Snack a Jacks

Romelu Lukaku (left) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) also arrive at Manchester Airport
Romelu Lukaku (left) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) also arrive at Manchester Airport

Romelu Lukaku (left) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) also arrive at Manchester Airport

MAN UNITED TRAVELLING PARTY FOR BASLE ENCOUNTER

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira

Defenders: Axel Tuanzebe, Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial

He was expected to be ruled out of action until January 2018 but the 36-year-old defied the odds by making a return at the weekend. 

Mourinho may now choose to hand him a start against Basle with Ibrahimovic arriving at Manchester Airport along with his team-mates on Tuesday. 

Paul Pogba, who played 70 minutes of United's 4-1 win over Newcastle, on his return from injury has also travelled to Switzerland along with Marcos Rojo. 

Rojo also suffered a cruciate ligament injury but was an unused substitute on Saturday so will also be hoping to be given minutes by Mourinho. 

There was no sign of injured trio Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick at the airport while full backs Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia appear to have been given a rest.

Juan Mata, who also appears to have sat out the trip, believes Ibrahimovic, Rojo and Pogba have returned at the right time ahead of United's busy festive period. 

Mata wrote in his weekly blog: 'Last Saturday was a happy start of a marathon of fixtures that will take us straight to Christmas, a series of games that will demand the maximum effort from us.

'With that in mind, being able to recover players such as Paul, Ibra and Marcos is great news for the team.

'We will need the full squad in order to show the best performance in every competition, same as we’ve been doing so far.

'It was great to see them back on the pitch, especially Marcos and Ibra after such a long time away.

'They have worked really hard to be back and they deserve to have a great season. I’m sure both of them will help us a lot in the coming months.'

Mourinho's side will guarantee progression into the last 16 by claiming a point against Basle.  

Manchester United need just one more point to guarantee their place in the last 16
Manchester United need just one more point to guarantee their place in the last 16

Manchester United need just one more point to guarantee their place in the last 16

Nemanja Matic walks through the terminal as he checks in with the rest of his team-mates
Nemanja Matic walks through the terminal as he checks in with the rest of his team-mates

Nemanja Matic walks through the terminal as he checks in with the rest of his team-mates

Matteo Darmian will be pushing for a start in the full back positions
Matteo Darmian will be pushing for a start in the full back positions
Luke Shaw could also start
Luke Shaw could also start

Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw will be pushing for starts in the full back positions 

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