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Jose praises ‘phenomenal’ Benfica player

Manchester United were 1-0 winners at Benfica last night to make it three wins from three in our 2017-18 Champions League campaign.

The result leaves us three points ahead of FC Basel who we travel to in matchday 5 in late November, and six points ahead of CSKA Moscow who we host in our final group game.  Benfica have yet to pick up as much as a point so far.

Marcus Rashford scored the game’s only goal at the Estadio da Luz in bizarre circumstances.  The 19-year-old overhit a cross from a free kick from deep but the ball was caught and taken over the line by 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

The Belgian teenager only made his debut in the Portuguese Cup over the weekend and became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history last night, replacing Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas.

Svilar is the third goalkeeper Benfica have used in as many Champions League games this season.

Whilst the youngster was ridiculed on social media, Jose Mourinho was complimentary of the Benfica goalkeeper.

Mourinho told MUTV post-game:

“I already told the Portuguese press: only top keepers concede these goals. Because bad keepers stay on their line; bad keepers don’t come out for crosses; bad keepers don’t try to analyse the game; bad keepers don’t use their space to give cover like he did in the first half a few times. I knew before the match – this keeper is phenomenal.”

Benfica have previously used former-Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Bruno Varela in this season’s competition.