Manchester United vs Benfica 18 October 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

Benfica will have a lot to prove in their third group fixture after the embarrassing 5-0 loss to FC Basel last time out, and this will feel like their final chance to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

A win at Benfica would put it on the verge of reaching the knockout stages.

Following several hard years spent in the shade of their arch rivals FC Porto, Benfica finally managed to return to the right track, lifting four consecutive Primeira Liga trophies.

The Sweden global has struggled to impress under Mourinho in limited game time.

FC Basel and CSKA Moscow were the first two victims of the Red Devils juggernaut, but Matic is hoping his beloved Benfica will come a flawless triple.

This is not a grave problem yet, but could become one.

Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting "15 to 20 years in the same club" are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United. Andre Almeida is banned.

Manchester United started the campaign with a 3-0 win against Swiss champions Basel before a 4-1 win at CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation. However, Mourinho is not likely to use them in the matchday squad. However, the point could prove important in the grand scheme of things and that is precisely what Mourinho had on his mind. United have started off this new season on the right foot as they are now in second place in the English Premier league standings and they are only two points off first placed Manchester City.

United are still without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly and although Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw are getting closer to returns, neither player will be involved in Lisbon. "They have something special going on right now".

"There are six or seven players still there that played with me, and they have a few younger guys who want to show their quality, but I can not mention any stand-outs because, as a team, they are really good".

  • Angelo Rivera