The 36-year-old travelled with the squad to Switzerland ahead of their penultimate clash in the group stages of the Champions League, but Mourinho stated that he will have to come off the bench in the St. Jakob-Park.
Jones aggravated a thigh injury on England duty and will also miss Saturday's Premier League game against Brighton at Old Trafford.
In the last match between these two teams in September, United defeated Basel 3-0 in Manchester.
The Armenian has been a regular fixture for Jose Mourinho this season and has played at least 45 minutes in United's previous 11 fixtures.
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"He needs to play and he is useful for us". In particular defender Phil Jones, who was forced out with injury inEngland's recent friendly with Brazil, however, it was surprising to see just the one United defender in Gareth Southgate'sside with Chris Smalling been omitted from the squad. Romelu Lukaku needed someone to create for him, Pogba was doing it but Mkhitaryan wasn't.
"I can assure the fans that we are going to give our all, so that the jersey and emblem that we defend, competes in Europe and in the Champions League for as long as possible".
"Micki [Mkhitaryan] is not playing because we had lots of options for that match", the Man United website quoted Mourinho as saying.
The Red Devils only need to avoid defeat to guarantee their place in the last-16 of the competition as they sit six points clear of Group A with just two games left to play. No Carrick, no Pogba, no Fellaini and every match was Herrera and Matic and the kid McTominay had his opportunities to play.
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