United beats Benfica after more agony for keeper Svilar

  • United beats Benfica after more agony for keeper Svilar

United beats Benfica after more agony for keeper Svilar

United maintained their 100 per cent record in this season's Champions League, as they beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford, with teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar suffering another moment to forget.

With four straight Group A victories, United needs one more point from its last two games to advance as group victor, which might earn the team an easier match in the last 16. In a group in which they were favourites, having recently won the French league, Monaco have failed to win a single game so far, losing to Besiktas and Porto having managed to draw away to an equally disappointing RB Leipzig.

Fortunately for them, Group D leaders Barcelona were also stumped in their trip to face Olympiakos and Juve remain second, three points off the Blaugrana.

As per United's official website, Mourinho revealed: "I'm paid to make decisions - good or bad - and in the first half it was a bad decision because the player that I chose to take the penalty missed". They had eventually resorted to playing a "kid" from the academy, Scott McTominay.

But in the 45th minute, with the halftime whistle quickly approaching, a speculative shot from distance by Nemanja Matic struck the right post, and Svilar, slow to cover the effort, watched in horror as the resulting rebound struck his back and ricocheted into the net.

While Benfica obviously view Svilar as a promising talent worth developing, the world's best goalkeeper was busy doing his thing at the other end. Marcus Rashford's introduction brought some endeavor to United, and he earned a penalty of his own which Daley Blind converted.

A goal may have improved Lukaku's confidence heading into Sunday's Premier League game at former club Chelsea.

Mata is now holding down a regular spot in the first team under Mourinho at Old Trafford and is preparing to line up against his old club when Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. This will be followed by their final group game at home which will be against CSKA.

Despite Jorginho pulling Napoli level from the spot, after Sane fouled Raul Albiol, City always looked like they could open the free-scoring Italian side up and they did just that with 20 minutes to go.

United last played at this stage in 2014 when they were under the tutelage of David Moyes.