Swiss outfit Basel came within a minute of winning their first ever European game in England until Ashley Young headed home Nani’s cross to preserve United’s record of now only having lost at home in the Champions League once in the last 33 games.
Even at half-time with the host’s leading 2-0 courtesy of a quickfire brace by Danny Welbeck, Basel had chances to score but it was United who were the more clinical in front of goal.
After the break the Reds defence looked vulnerable and Basel took full advantage.
Fabien Frei pulled a goal back for the visitor’s following poor marking from a corner, then namesake Alexander Frei pulled the scores level within a minute to stun the Old Trafford faithful.
With the host’s looking vulnerable and the Swiss supporters in dreamland Basel sensed another goal as United were rocking.
But United for all the concerns at the back had their attacking moments and in the final minute Nani flung over a cross and Young salvaged a point for the home side with his first Champions League goal.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Venue: Old Trafford
Man Utd scorers: Welbeck 16,17, Young 90
Basel scorers: F Frei 58, A Frei 60, 75
TRIBAL ASKS: How will Sir Alex Ferguson address issues of complacency when 2-0 ahead and the lack of a defensive unit?
Yellow cards: Frei (BAS), Xhaka (BAS)