Manchester United move onto nine points in Group A

19 October, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Nora May
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Jose Mourinho said United were "almost there" in terms of reaching the knockout stages after the victory in Russian Federation and can go closer still on Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz. Shouldn't be a surprising if Chris Smalling is paired up with Victor Lindelof against a young Benfica attack.

That would represent a huge chance for the goalkeeper who could go from being in the background at Anderlecht to playing in the Champions League against Manchester United in just a few months.

Ander Herrera drilled wide and Rashford had a hopeful effort when play resumed, with the latter soon showing exceptional skill to take Douglas off his feet out wide. Things could scarcely have got off to a better start in Group A, with a 3-0 opening-day win at home to Basel followed by a 4-1 triumph at CSKA Moscow.

Benfica were beaten 2-1 at home by CSKA Moscow before being trounced 5-0 by Basel in Switzerland. Benfica now sit at the last spot in the table and a loss in Lisbon would ensure they remain there.

Svilar made history as the Champions League's youngest-ever goalkeeper at 18 years and 52 days, but his disappointing positional judgement resulted in Marcus Rashford scoring the decisive goal 26 minutes from time. "Within that context, one point away against the strongest of the three teams in the group is a positive result", Mourinho told a news conference in Lisbon ahead of the clash.

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Matic flashed over from long range and Rashford twice threatened Benfica's teenage goalkeeper directly from corners as United pushed for the opener.

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