Benfica 0 – Man United 1
Jose Mourinho picked up three more points in the Champions League on Wednesday night away at Benfica.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game in Portugal.
Rashford, who later went off with a knee injury, scored a free-kick in the Stadium of Light.
The goal brought back memories of Ronaldinho’s free-kick against England at the 2002 World Cup.
From a Benfica point of view, the goal was the fault of keeper Mile Svilar.
18-year-old Svilar made Champions League history against Man United as he became the youngest goalie to ever play in the competition.
But Svilar will forever remember the United match for negative reasons, as he misjudged Rashford’s set-play, catching the ball behind the goal-line.
Jose Mourinho on tactics
After the game, Jose Mourinho confirmed that he told his players to target Benfica keeper Svilar. The Special One said:
I knew how good he was and I told the players how good he was but we had a little bit of a strategy, especially on set-pieces, to try to make him uncomfortable so in corners we put lots of players close to him to make him less confident about coming out.
In free-kicks we knew he risks a lot – only top keepers take risks like he does. The kid was unlucky.
Mourinho’s tactics obviously worked a treat.
Marcus Rashford goal tonight. What a night, What an experience ! pic.twitter.com/tImkR8zVpz
— James Monteith (@james__monte) October 18, 2017
Red Devils injury crisis
Man United already had a long list of injury absentees before the Benfica game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick have all been out of contention for weeks.
The Red Devils have also been without Eric Bailly in recent matches as the African star has a knock.
Now Rashford has joined the injured players list, as has defender Phil Jones, who missed the Benfica game with a knock.