MANCHESTER UNITED lined up against Barcelona with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young on Tuesday – just as they did in the 2-1 loss to FC Basel in 2011.
The Red Devils lost 3-0 at Nou Camp yesterday due to a string of defensive errors, proving a major squad revamp is needed at Old Trafford.
Basel humiliated United and dumped them out of the Champions League in group stages just for the third time in 17 years at St Jabok Park in 2011.
And, defensive shortcomings were also at the fore back then as the Swiss side capitalised on Smalling’s collision with Nemanja Vidic to open the scoring.
Young started the game as a winger while Jones, 27 played in midfield and scored a late goal, but failed to inspire Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to a stunning turnaround.
And six years after Fergie’s retirement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deployed the same trio in a crunch Champions League game against the mighty Barcelona.