Marcus Rashford bails out Man United in narrow win vs. Benfica

Oct 19, 2017, 00:32
Marcus Rashford bails out Man United in narrow win vs. Benfica

The Belgium Under-19 global became the youngest ever keeper to start a Champions League game, overtaking former Real Madrid stopper Iker Casillas' record.

When Benfica sold Ederson to Manchester City for a near record fee during the summer, it gave the Portuguese club a great idea: Sign young goalkeepers and see their value rise quickly.

Rashford curled a free kick in from the left flank and it appeared to sail harmlessly through to Svilar, but he stepped over the line with his ball in his grasp, leaving coach Rui Vitoria shaking his head in dismay.

After the game, Mourinho said that Rashford picked up a knee injury.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Marcos Rojo travelled with the squad to Lisbon ahead of their clash with Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz.

Benfica take on Manchester United on Wednesday, October 18.

The hosts nearly took advantage of United's setup in the 14th minute, but Eduardo Salvio smashed a left-footed effort considerably wide from 12 yards after Alex Grimaldo had brilliantly dribbled past three challenges, linked with Pizzi and crossed into the centre.

Ander Herrera drilled wide and Rashford had a hopeful effort when play resumed, with the latter soon showing exceptional skill to take Douglas off his feet out wide.

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There was a brief period of United attacking excitement before the break as Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the target either side of a Matic low attempt that Svilar dealt with - the only shot on target of a dire opening period.

Matic flashed over from long range and Rashford twice threatened Benfica's teenage goalkeeper directly from corners as United pushed for the opener.

Rashford limped off with about 15 minutes to go, replaced by Anthony Martial, who tested Svilar early following an incisive run into the box.

United successfully held on to what proved to be a straightforward win, with Luisao's red card for second bookable offence after a rash tackle on Scott McTominay compounding a bad day for the home side.

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