Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

United Take on Benfica in UEFA CL Clash

United Take on Benfica in UEFA CL Clash

Hard-fought draw at Anfield continued Manchester United's unbeaten start to the new season but Jose Mourinho and his men will be under increased pressure to improve the level of their performance as they prepare for a hard trip to Benfica.

Benfica coach Rui Vitoria knows their Champions League hopes could be settled tonight.

The Premier League side is now top of Group A, having won their first two matches against Basel and CSKA Moscow.

Under 2.5 goals - This is a busy spell of the campaign and looks a classic case of Mourinho setting up his side to get the job done and head home from Portugal with all three points.

The Serbian, once accustomed to playing in a more advanced position, won a league title and a domestic cup at Benfica between 2011-2014 and revealed the time he spent in Lisbon had transformed him as a player. This victory, although not very convincing, was important psychologically, since before that Benfica had drawn with Maritim 1: 1, and also lost to Basel in the Champions League with a score of 5: 0. The Portuguese side, who are now third in the Primeira Liga table on 17 points from eight matches, have reached the quarter-finals and round of 16 of the Champions League in the last two seasons, but they are staring at a potential group stage exit this time around.

Rojo is not coming to play but he is coming with the team to train with the group.

After going without Champions League football last season, May's Europa League triumph in Stockholm brought around a timely return to European football's top table.

Mourinho actually started his managerial career at Benfica in September 2000.

It is far from a straightforward assignment for the Red Devils, but Mourinho knows what it takes to pick up results in these type of games, and United should have enough to move onto nine points from three Group A fixtures.

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