Manchester United 2 Benfica 2

Match corresponding to Champions League Match Day 5. Following on the 1-1 draw in Lisbon on Match Day 1 Benfica visited Old Trafford. A stunned silence soon followed after Phil Jones knocked in an own goal 3 minutes into the match. United were stooped into a lethargy all too common this season, especially in midfield. The team sported seven changes from the match at the weekend with Wayne Rooney falling from the list due to injury and a returning Ashley Young filling in in the Number 10 spot. Dimitar Berbatov scored his first goal in Europe for three seasons to equal the score and United dominated the closing stages of the first half. United exploded into the second half and Darren Fletcher scored our second but 80 seconds later De Gea and Ferdinand cocked up to gift Pablo Aimar, the ex Valencia midfielder, a tap in to once again level the score. Benfica’s fans were very vocal throughout the match and at times it sounded like an away match, a very un Old Trafford like moment in Champions League matches. Benfica’s keeper, Artur, made a very good save from Fabio Da Silva as the United defender tried to chip him from close range. Benfica’s defence held a good line with United, Young in particular, being caught offside repeatedly. The 2-2 scoreline means that United need to win away at Basle in Switzerland to ensure qualification. Once again a total lack of quality in midfield made an average Benfica team seem much better than what they actually are!

Manchester United Team

1    David De Gea

3   Patrice Evra

5   Rio Ferdinand

4   Phil Jones

20 Fabio Da Silva

17 Nani

24 Darren Fletcher (Goal)

16 Micheal Carrick

25 Antonio Valencia

18 Ashley Young

9  Dimitar Berbatov (Goal)


Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez for Antonio Valencia

Chris Smalling for Fabio Da Silva