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Manchester United vs Benfica

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Old Trafford

Date: 31st October 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Manchester United will be looking to build on their 1-0 win over Tottenham over the weekend as Benfica come to town.

The Red Devils have suffered their first set of poor results recently.

They played out a goalless draw against Liverpool and followed that up with a poorly secured 1-0 win at Benfica before capitulating to a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.

They followed that loss with two wins, a 2-0 win over Swansea in the Carabao Cup and a 1-0 win against Tottenham at home but their performance in that last game left more to be desired by their fans.

They now turn their attention to Europe where they have impressed so far having won all three of their matches.

If they win this game and CSKA Moscow fail to do the same in Basel, they will secure their qualification for the next round with two games to spare.

They have won four of their last seven meetings with Benfica.

Benfica were tipped by many to qualify for the next round alongside Manchester United when the draws were conducted but the Portuguese side have been terrible so far losing all three of their group games so far.

They lost their opening fixture 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow and were blown away 5-0 against Basel in their very next game.

Although they were much improved in their last game against Manchester United, they still lost that game and they have no realistic chance of making it to the next round now.

They have won just four of their last ten competitive matches in all competitions and have lost four of their last six away games in the Champions League.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Manchester United

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United Oct 21, 2017 English Premier League
W Benfica 0-1 Manchester United Oct 18, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United Oct 14, 2017 English Premier League
W Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace Sep 30, 2017 English Premier League
W CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester United Sep 27, 2017 UEFA Champions League

Benfica

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Desportivo Aves 1-3 Benfica Oct 22, 2017 Portuguese Liga
L Benfica 0-1 Manchester United Oct 18, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Maritimo 1-1 Benfica Oct 1, 2017 Portuguese Liga
L FC Basel 5-0 Benfica Sep 27, 2017 UEFA Champions League
W Benfica 2-0 Paços de Ferreira Sep 23, 2017 Portuguese Liga

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Benfica 0-1 Manchester United Oct 18, 2017 UEFA Champions League
Manchester United 2-2 Benfica Nov 22, 2011 UEFA Champions League
Benfica 1-1 Manchester United Sep 14, 2011 UEFA Champions League
Manchester United 3-1 Benfica Dec 6, 2006 UEFA Champions League
Benfica 0-1 Manchester United Sep 26, 2006 UEFA Champions League

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