Manchester United 2:0 Benfica: United still Keeping it 100%

Manchester United 2:0 Benfica: United still Keeping it 100%

Manchester United has one leg into the Champions League last 16 with a 2-0 win over Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

United needed to win while they hope CSKA Moscow loses to m\thematically qualify but the Russian side’s 2-1 win in Basel means Jose Mourinho’s side still need a point in their last two Group A games to make the last 16.

Mile Svilar, the 18-year-old goalkeeper criticised in the first game a fortnight ago for a mistake in United’s 1-0 win, saved an Anthony Martial penalty (15) and then scored an unfortunate own goal as Nemanja Matic’s effort ricocheted off the post and then off his back before crossing the line (45).

Rashford’s first contribution as a sub was to win a penalty from Samaris after a positive run into the Benfica area. Blind drilled the ball down the middle, but only after both Romelu Lukaku and then Ander Herrera had initially took over the ball to take the spot-kick. Lukaku has now gone five games without a United goal.

It ended 2-0, meaning United have won all eight games at home in all competitions this season, conceding just one goal, and haven’t lost at Old Trafford since last September.

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