Manchester United ease past helpless Benfica to maintain perfect start in the Champions League

Manchester United ease past helpless Benfica to maintain perfect start in the Champions League

- Manchester defeated Benfica to secure one foot in the knockout phase of the Champions League

- An own goal from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar and penalty by Blind helped the Red Devils secure a 2-0 win at Old Trafford

- The Red Devils will look to continue their good form when they face Chelsea this weekend in the Premier League

Manchester United defeated Benfica on on Tuesday, October 31, to secure one foot in the Uefa Champions League knockout stage.

An own goal from Benfica's teenage goalkeeper, Svilar and a penalty from Manchester United left back Daley Blind ensured a comfortable victory for the Old Trafford outfit

Jose Mourinho's men were made to work for the victory especially in the first half, with Benfica asking a lot of questions from the United defence

Manchester United vs Benfica

Matic in action against his former club Benfica. Source: The Guardian

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David De Gea kept the game at 0-0 with a brilliant stop from Benfica's youngster Goncalves, Benfica had a penalty shout also in the first half but was overlooked by the official.

A brilliant piece of play at the other end by Anthony Martial won a penalty for United, Martial stood up and took the penalty but was brilliantly stopped by the Benfica's shot-stopper.

On the 45th minute, United took the lead with Matic's shot hitting the post the ball rebounded off Benfica's goalie Svilar.

Henric Mhkitaryan was brought in for the injured Lingard to try to add some spark to the United attack but it was a rather uneventful first half with only few openings.

Martial was easily United's best player on the night but his final balls let him down and he was later substituted for birthday boy Marcus Rashford.

Rashford made an immediate impact, he raced down the left wing into the box and was brought down by the Benfica defender. Daley Blind walked up and coolly slotted home the penalty for United.

Manchester United ease past helpless Benfica

Rashford made an immediate impart on the Benfica game. Source: Dailymail

That was how things ended at Old Trafford with Mourinho's men maintaining their 100 percent record in the competition.

In the other group game, Cska Moscow came back from a goal down to defeat Fc Basel in Switzerland to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase.

The Red Devils will now quickly shift their attention to the Premier League, where they will be facing England Champions Chelsea in a crunchy game on Super Sunday.


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