Man United beat Benfica 2-0
It was generally an excellent night for Jose Mourinho and Man United on Tuesday.
The Red Devils beat Benfica 2-0 in the Champions League. United are now on the verge of confirming their spot in the last-16 of the competition.
Anthony Martial missed a first half penalty for United on Tuesday, but Benfica fell behind when a Nemanja Matic shot cannoned off the post and into the net off Portuguese goalie Mile Svilar.
Daley Blind wrapped up the win with a penalty in the second half.
Three Man United stars face problems
There were plenty of positive for United in the Benfica game.
At the back, David De Gea looked formidable once again as Mourinho’s men recorded yet another clean sheet.
Another bright spot was Scott McTominay’s performance in midfield after he received his first start in the Champions League.
However, as flagged up by the Times on Wednesday, the Benfica game was rough for three stars.
Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof once again failed to make an appearance, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan continues to backslide at Old Trafford.
The problems of the three United stars were summed up as follows:
The debate over whether or not Luke Shaw has a future at Old Trafford edged closer to the latter response as he again failed to make José Mourinho’s starting line-up.
Victor Lindelof, the central defender signed for £31 million from Benfica this summer, was denied a start against his former club as he also struggles to establish himself under Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan came off the bench last night, spending most of the evening isolated on the right wing. Mkhitaryan took time at the start of last season to win his manager’s favour and there is a real danger of the Armenian Messi simply becoming an Armenian mess.