LONDON – Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho confirmed on Monday that Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea would be his starter for the UEFA Champions League this season.
Manchester United will begin the Champions League group stage campaign on Tuesday against Switzerland’s Basel in Old Trafford.
“I think in this moment, David is playing very well and is very confident. I will go with David tomorrow again,” the Portuguese coach said at the pre-match press conference.
Mourinho counted on Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, substitute of De Gea, throughout the last season’s successful edition of the UEFA Europa League, but the Portuguese coach stressed that he was doing what he thinks “is the best for the team.”
On Basel, the coach recalled that he already faced the Swiss rival when he was Chelsea’s coach in the 2013-2014 season, when the English club fell 0-1 and 2-1.
However, Mourinho added that Manchester United is strong, confident and had enough quality to win the Tuesday’s game, although he predicted it to be a difficult one.