Champions League: How United reached the last 16
European football’s showpiece competition resumes this week at the Round of 16 stage. So what better time to revisit the Reds' campaign thus far, ahead of the first leg of our clash with Sevilla next Wednesday…
“When you start the group phase, it’s always important to win,”reflected a very content Jose Mourinho.
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“We made it look easy,”said the boss.
“They didn’t look as good as they are, but because of us.”
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A repeat of the 1968 European Cup final always sets pulses racing, but Benfica had been well beaten in their opening two matches, and only sporadically troubled United here. Still, the Reds were reliant on a quick piece of wit from Marcus Rashford to nab the only goal. Noticing 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar’s advanced position, Rashford sent in a swirling free-kick that Svilar couldn’t help but carry over the goal-line. Luisao received a second yellow card for a wild challenge on substitute Scott McTominay towards the close, as United saw out the match in controlled fashion.
“It’s not a match where I have one more white hair,”said a relaxed Mourinho.
“Everything was calm, in control.”
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“I cannot complain or blame the players,”suggested Jose.
“I think we play a match like this 10 times and nine times we win comfortably.”
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“Spanish teams are always good and difficult,”responded Jose.