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Rookie goalkeeper's howler gifts Manchester United win at Benfica

Nemanja Matic

"We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play".

"That's why we controlled the game because we defended properly and the goal was not against the current of the game, but we end up ending the game and we are nearly qualified so that's it".

He could be about to add to the injury list at Old Trafford though as he limped off with a knee problem in the second half. A good game, solid'.

The Red Devil says one of the main reasons he signed with the club was because of Mourinho, "We understood each other very well during our time with Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho was the coach of United was decisive in my choosing to join the club".

"We went to Liverpool with two midfield players and nothing else". The United striker promptly hit the ball over Svilar and though the 18-year-old keeper backtracked he failed to keep it from crossing the line to gift the visitors victory.

A three-year spell at Portuguese giants Benfica helped Nemanja Matic develop into the player that he is today, the Manchester United midfielder said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with his former club. For Eric Bailly, I think it will be hard.

Mourinho said: "Rashford, I thought it was cramps because he was running so much, it was about muscular fatigue, but he felt something in his knee but to me it doesn't look a big thing".

He also denied substitute Anthony Martial in the closing stages but all his good work was overshadowed by the howler which left Benfica's hopes of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread.