Manchester United maintained their 100% record in this seasons Champions League with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Portuguese champions Benfica. Find out how I rated United’s players in this match review.
United aren’t going to have an easier away night than this in the Champions League. The visitors had 64% possession and stopped Benfica from having a single shot on target. By no means were the Red Devil’s at the top of their game, but they managed to get the three points and that’s all that matters. United sit top of Group A with nine points knowing one win out of the remaining three games will likely see them qualify for the knockout stages.
Until Marcus Rashford’s long range free kick was carried into the net by Benfica’s young goalkeeper, it looked to be another frustrating game for Mourinho’s men. They struggled to find their rhythm for large parts of the game, only showing glimpses of the team we know and love. It was good to see Scott McTominay come on for his European debut, even if it was only for the last few minutes. Benfica captain Luisao was shown a late red card, which means he will miss the game at Old Trafford on 31 October.
David De Gea 6
Had nothing to do all night.
Antonio Valencia 7
Solid at the back and looked a threat going forward.
Victor Lindelof 7
Kept a clean sheet against his former side.
Chris Smalling 7
Looked comfortable dealing with everything Benfica threw at him
Daley Blind 6
Was ok, never really tested.
Ander Herrera 7
Battled in midfield all game, won ball back well.
Nemanja Matic 7
Probably man of the match, was excellent at breaking up the play. Also, contributed offensively with good forward passes.
Marcus Rashford 6
Contributed with a lucky goal but his final ball was poor. Came off injured.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5
Was poor tonight, lost the ball too often.
Juan Mata 6
Didn’t influence the match as he usually does, unusually quiet.
Romelu Lukaku 6
Another quiet display. Hold up play wasn’t great.
Anthony Martial 6
Looked lively when he came on, final ball wasn’t good.
Jesse Lingard 6
Did his job, didn’t really have time to influence the game,
Scott McTominay –
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