The goal was timely for the Red Devils, given that Paul Pogba limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's two missed sitters.
The Belgium global, who has also scored four goals in two World Cup qualifiers since the start of the season, has looked every bit the marksman Jose Mourinho wanted when he bought him from Everton for £75million in the summer.
Swiss champions FC Basel are the visitors to Old Trafford for matchday one on Tuesday night, with Pogba looking forward to every part of the occasion, right down to hearing the iconic Champions League anthem before the game. The former Chelsea boss accused United of taking their foot off the gas when they were 2-0 up and has called on his stars to resist the urge to play "Playstation football".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho issued a warning to his players despite returning to the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Basel.
'We don't cry, no Paul for Sunday [against Everton], we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Marouane] Fellaini, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have [Nemanja] Matic'.
Regarding the win against Basle, Mourinho said "Three important points, first match at home".
'The players probably felt that the game was under control with the 2-0 but football is football and you have to respect your opponent'.
On Fellaini, in particular, Mourinho added: "He is a player with special qualities who does things that some other players can not do. At times we caused them problems". I just know from experience it's a muscular injury.
"In my experience, muscular injuries stop you from playing for a few weeks, I think". "I give everything on the pitch".