Three Man United stars go missing before Basel

Several hours before Man United’s Champions League away match at Basel, three players have gone missing.

The Manchester Evening News have been tracking the Red Devils’ preparations before Wednesday’s match in Switzerland.

They’ve reported the following:

MEN photographers did not spot Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young or Juan Mata at the airport – even though all three trained at Carrington in the morning.

They could all be given a rest ahead of the bust festive period.

Eric Bailly & Phil Jones

In Man United’s final training session before the Basel game, three players were noticeable absent.

At the back, both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones were missing. Both players also missed last weekend’s win over Newcastle.

Prior to Newcastle, Jose Mourinho has revealed Eric Bailly had picked up an injury. But it’s still not exactly clear what’s keeping the Ivory Coast on the sidelines.

As for Phil Jones, he’s been out of action since he went on England international duty.

Will they be fit for Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton?

Michael Carrick also remains absent through injury.

What United need to do in Basel

Despite winning all four of their Champions League matches to date, Man United aren’t officially over the line and into the last 16.

That objective will be accomplished if United can score a point in Basel.

Man United will also qualify if they lose and CSKA Moscow failed to beat bottom side Benfica in the group’s other game.