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. "It was a poor game of football". Shouldn't be a surprising if Chris Smalling is paired up with Victor Lindelof against a young Benfica attack. 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 thrashed 5-0 in their last Champions League game by Basel and were defeated 2-1 by CSKA Moscow in their first game. Benfica now sit at the last spot in the table and a loss in Lisbon would ensure they remain there.
"Our sole objective is to qualify".
'Rojo is not coming (to Portugal) to play but he is coming with the team to train today with the group.
Meanwhile, Mile Svilar becomes the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history tonight but the 18-year-old is unlikely to be on the move in the near future given that he only joined Benfica from Anderlecht this summer.
The upcoming match will be the 7th full-time meeting between Benfica and Manchester United.
Victory means United are on the brink of reaching the knockout phase for the first time since 2013-14, whereas Benfica have yet to muster a point at the halfway point of Group A. To make matters worse, they will be without captain Luisao at Old Trafford after his late sending-off.
Viewers can watch Benfica vs Manchester United for free on BTSport.com or the BT Sport app.
Manchester United managed to blunt Gerrard's former club at Anfield last weekend when Mourinho's conservative tactics managed to deny Liverpool a victor in a goalless draw on Merseyside. Sony Six will have the match live in India.
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