A win for Manchester United over S.L. Benfica on Tuesday will put them on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages. Can we repeat what we did against them two weeks ago and get all three points?
This will be a brief preview as we have only just faced this opposition and the facts would remain the same. However, you can read the in-depth preview from the last game against Benfica here.
United have played three games since the last Champions League group match, winning twice and losing once. Last time out was an impressive victory over in-form Tottenham Hotspur.
Benfica have won both of their games since facing United on 18th October, scoring four times and only conceding once.
Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba remain sidelined. However, Michael Carrick is set to return to ease Jose Mourinho’s injury problems. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both out of the game. With a massive clash against Chelsea on Sunday, don’t be surprised if we see a rotated starting XI.
For Benfica, Andreas Samaris returns from suspension but there will have to be a late fitness test for Jardel, who has missed the last three games with injury. Luisao is banned for the game after seeing two yellows last time out.
The Red Devil’s came out on top last time these two sides met, two weeks ago. A goalkeeping error gifted Marcus Rashford the winner in a 1-0 victory.
Having watched the game at the Estadio da Luz, I believe it will be a comfortable game for United. The Eagles looked average against us and, if we perform as we did in the opening weeks of the season, this could be a big score-line. If we win and CSKA Moscow fail to beat FC Basel then we will have secured qualification to the next round.
Manchester United 3-0 S.L. Benfica
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