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.

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