Manchester United vs Benfica champions league 2017/18 preview
Manchester United can take a step closer to the Champions League knockout stage with a positive result against Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
United are currently top of Group A and could qualify for the Round of 16 if results go their way this week.
The Red Devils will be through to the next stage of the competition if they win against Benfica and CSKA fail to beat Basel, or if they draw and CSKA lose.
Benfica are yet to earn a point in the tournament and lost to United last time out following young goalkeeper Mile Svilar’s howler.
Victor Lindelof is in line for a start against his former club while Daley Blind has also predominantly been utilised in European matches this season.
Marcus Rashford could partner Romelu Lukaku up front in order to allow both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard starting berths after recent impressive performances.
Lingard bagged two goals as United edged past Swansea in the Carabao Cup while Martial came off the bench to score the winner against Tottenham on Saturday.
Defeat for Benfica, on the other hand, will probably spell the end of their Champions League adventure as they come into the match with zero points.
Manchester United managed to weather the storm following their shock defeat to Huddersfield Town last week by picking up convincing victories against Swansea City and Tottenham, so they will be aiming to carry that momentum into Europe where they can effectively ensure their place among the elite with a win.
The Red Devils began the season at a blistering pace, but they have gradually slowed down, as results have shown, with injuries and loss of form having an impact on their performances.
One player in particular who has suffered from the team’s blip is Romelu Lukaku, having failed to find the net in any of his previous five outings. The Belgium international has not scored for his club in the entire month of October, but he has a chance to amend that on Tuesday.Indeed, with a crunch Premier League clash away to Chelsea coming swiftly after the game against Benfica, Mourinho will be hopeful that his chief goal threat can rediscover the kind of form that has seen him tally 11 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season so far.Blame to Lukaku are InjustifiedA single goal separated Man United from Benfica when the sides met in Lisbon earlier in the month but, with the home advantage and some key players returning, the Red Devils will be confident that they can see themselves over the line without fuss on Tuesday.See What happened when Manchester United clashed with Benfica at Lisbon