Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Benfica v Manchester United talking points

Benfica v Manchester United talking points

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'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.

UNITED may have been dealt a major injury blow as Marcus Rashford limped off injured against Benfica.

United finally tested the inexperienced Svilar for the first time nine minutes before the interval - Nemanja Matic drilling an effort at him from a narrow angle after driving into the left side of the area.

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Scouts from Basel, Freiburg, Genova, Hellas Verona, Montpellier, Eibar, Tondela and Vitoria Setubal are also going to be in attendance. CSKA stayed with three points, while Benfica has zero point after three losses. Here is everything you need to know about the clash.

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

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.

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Benfica eventually signed Mile Svilar, an 18 year old goalkeeper from Anderlecht.

Benfica's Luisao, fights for the ball with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford during their Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Benfica at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Manchester United's own Andreas Pereira was said to be a serious consideration, but the Portuguese stopper stayed where he is, a decision he may reevaluate in the summer if other young goalkeepers continue coming to prominence around Europe.

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Benfica vs Manchester United will be live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Showcase.

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