Manchester United beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on matchday four and took a step closer to the knock out stages. With the help of an own goal from the Benfica keeper and a Daley Blind penalty, the Red Devils managed to scrape off a result against the visitors in an unconvincing performance.

With 12 points from four games, Jose Mourinho’s men need to get a positive result from the next game as well in order to secure their place in the next round while Benfica are out of the competition with zero points until now.

Player Ratings

David De Gea – 7

Solid yet again and produced yet another world-class save in the match.

Matteo Darmian – 5

Never looked comfortable while going forward but managed to defend well.

Chris Smalling – 6

Had a few scares against the Benfica strikers but the clean sheet was well deserved.

Eric Bailly – 5

Rusty in possession throughout the game but the minutes under his belt will help him in the long run.

Daley Blind – 6

Lacking pace on a number of occasions but secured the result with a composed penalty kick.

Nemanja Matic – 7

Once again a star performer in the middle of the pitch. His shot bounced off the keeper for the first goal.

Scott McTominay – 6

The academy graduate made his full Champions League and looks set for a bright future.

Juan Mata – 5

Did not contribute to any of the United attacks in his time in the pitch.

Jesse Lingard – 4

Subbed off at halftime due to his inability to link up play between the defence and attack.

Anthony Martial – 6.5

Took on defenders and won with ease. Missed a penalty in the first half.

Romelu Lukaku – 6

Did not get the support from teammates, drifted to the wings in order to cross into the box.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5

Horrible passing display from the out of form Armenian.

Ander Herrera – 6

Intercepted passes in the United half and shut out the shop for the night.

Marcus Rashford – 6.5

Won the penalty for the team and was vibrant throughout the game.