Freak Rashford goal gives Manchester United win at Benfica

Lynette Rowe
October 19, 2017

In absence of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones had kept the back line strict against Liverpool in the 1-1 draw but Mourinho had earlier said that he would utilise Lindelof's Portuguese football experience in the Champions League where the game play is different from England.

Although Rojo will not play against Benfica, Mourinho did confirm that he will return to action soon. 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. For Basel a loss would mean no going ahead into the next round. CSKA stayed with three points, while Benfica has zero point after three losses.

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

Manchester United took a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday, seeing off an uninspired Benfica 1-0 to make it three wins out of three thanks to a goalkeeping howler.

Only tested by a low Nemanja Matic drive in a tepid first half, United upped the ante after the break led by the former Benfica midfielder and 19-year-old forward Rashford.

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Manchester United continued their charge toward the Champions League knockout phase as Benfica's Mile Svilar, the competition's youngest-ever goalkeeper, was embarrassed by a Marcus Rashford free kick.

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.

Viewers can watch Benfica vs Manchester United for free on BTSport.com or the BT Sport app.

Manchester United reached nine points with its third straight win in Group A. It has a three-point lead over Basel, which defeated CSKA Moscow 2-0 in Russian Federation. Sony Six will have the match live in India.

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