Marcus Rashford bails out Man United in narrow win vs. Benfica

Doug Mendoza
October 19, 2017

Benfica's story has been one of struggle this season, sitting in third place and a full five points out of first place in the Primeira Liga, failing to string together two wins since August.

Even though his team will be favorites to win this easily, United manager Jose Mourinho will still be tired of the threat posed by their opposition today.

Of course, Manchester United are lead by Jose Mourinho, who is known for his tendency to play conservatively on the road in the Champions League, especially when there isn't much at stake.

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.

Benfica were beaten 2-1 at home by CSKA Moscow before being trounced 5-0 by Basel in Switzerland.

Jose Mourinho's side now sit top of Group A with 6 points, while Benfica are rooted to the bottom of the table, having lost both of their opening fixtures. For Basel a loss would mean no going ahead into the next round.

Manchester United and Benfica will meet at the Estadio Da Luz on Wednesday in a big Champions League 2017 group game. Benfica now sit at the last spot in the table and a loss in Lisbon would ensure they remain there.

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The likes of Ander Herrera and Axel Tuanzebe were all smiles as the players locked hands during a game at the Estadio da Luz. Luke Shaw , who has also been out of Mourinho's plans due to a lack of fitness, also took part in the session.

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"But I do foresee that in the future Lindelof will be a player of Jose Mourinho's team".

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United were guilty of a thoroughly underwhelming start, as they offered nothing from an attacking perspective and invited Benfica pressure on to themselves.

United, who did not qualify for the Champions League last season, now have nine points out of nine in Group A and look nearly certain to qualify for the knockout stages but Benfica, without a single point, have a mountain to climb. Which Channel will have the match live?

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