Rookie keeper Mile Svilar, who was making his history in the Champions League as the youngest ever keeper at the age of 18 years old. Unfortunately, his memories of the night will be soured by a momentary lapse of concentration that saw him carry Marcus Rashford’s free kick over the goal line. That goal proved to be the difference as United went on to win 0-1 maintaining their unbeaten run at the top of group A.
Again United, produced a conservative performance to earn them the three points, deciding to leave the entertaining stuff at home, with their first shot on goal being in the 35th minute when Nemanja Matic’s effort was palmed wide. In a game that failed to satisfy even the most enthusiastic supporter, Benfica rarely ventured into the United box, failing to register a single shot on target all evening.
United did have their chances, with Matic again going close early in the second half and Rashford twice being denied by the teenage goalie, with one effort going extremely close to opening the score.
After Svilar’s blooper finally broke the deadlock, things only got worse for the home side as Luisao received his marching orders for a second yellow late into injury time in a challenge on substitute Scott McTominay, While for United they will be assessing Rashford today as the England international was forced to limp off the pitch in the final minutes.