Champions League: How we defeated Benfica – Mourinho reveals Manchester United’s plan

Posted on Oct 19 2017 - 7:49pm by admin

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that he asked his players to target Benfica goalkeeper, Mile Svilar, in their 1-0 win in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Untied won thanks to Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, which Svilar helped over the line.

Mourinho told BT Sport afterwards: “We were in control.

“David de Gea did not have one save to make. I never felt we could concede a goal and were solid defensively. Sometime I feel being good defensively is a crime, but that is a way of getting results.

“We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play. A good game, solid.

“I knew how good the goalkeeper was, I told the players that. We had a little bit of a strategy, especially on set-pieces to make him uncomfortable. We put men around him on corners so he cannot come out. He risks a lot, but only top keepers do that. He was unlucky for the goal.

“Marcus Rashford suffered something in his knee.

“We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes. The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game. Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive. We forced a little more and with quality and sharpness we could have killed the game more.”

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