Manchester United 2 Benfica 0 – Champions League

Manchester United virtually assured their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners. United beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford to make it four wins out of four in the group stage.

Anthony Martial’s superb run after 15 minutes earned the Reds an early penalty. But, Martial’s attempt from the spot was well saved by Benfica’s 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

United took the lead on half time, when Svilar was very unlucky to concede an own goal. Nemanja Matic’s long range effort rebounded off the post onto Svilar and in.

David de Gea did make some good saves at 1-0 to preserve another clean sheet. The ‘keeper has only conceded one goal across the four Champions League group games so far.

Daley Blind added a second after another penalty was awarded to United in the second half. Blind hit the spot kick straight down the middle to ensure the victory. Marcus Rashford won the penalty this time after replacing Martial in the second half.

Manchester United now travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm.


Manchester United 3 FC Basel 0 – UEFA Champions League

Manchester United played their first Champions League match in almost two years on Tuesday night, when Swiss champions Basel visited Old Trafford.

The Reds were without the suspended Eric Bailly and Phil Jones for their first Group A match. Chris Smalling and new signing Victor Lindelof came into replace them.

Basel travelled to Old Trafford off the back of a disappointing Swiss Super League loss to bottom club Lausanne. Despite top scorer Ricky van Wolswinkel, formerly of Norwich City, scoring a penalty, the Dutchman could not prevent Basel’s second league defeat of the season.

Mararoune Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford all scored as Manchester United beat Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford. In their first Champions League game in Group A, the Reds comfortably beat the Swiss champions, despite the injury to captain Paul Pogba.

Substitute Fellaini opened the scoring after 35 minutes. The Belgian headed in Ashley Young’s cross to give United the lead.

Romelu Lukaku added a second early in the second half, after good work from Juan Mata and Daley Blind. Blind took a short corner, which Mata laid off for the Dutchman to cross into the box. Lukaku headed in to give the Reds a comfortable lead.

Marcus Rashford then replaced Mata and added a third. On his Champions League debut, Rashford scuffed in Fellaini’s pull back to seal the win.

The Reds now face Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League. The next Champions League group game will see United travel to Russia to face CSKA Moscow.