Benfica vs Manchester United Champions League: After two losses, Benfica won’t have much more options other than getting some points here…
The ideal scenario would be winning against Manchester United. However, the defensive solidity from José Mourinho’s side will make it really hard, with the Portuguese manager having clear intentions to ensure their spot on the round of 16 as soon as possible.
At this stage, the pressure on Rui Vitória’s squad is enormous. The Portuguese manager hasn’t been able to get the best out of this Benfica, who has been having shaky performances and not getting the expected results.
But he also had some similar situations on previous seasons, where he left a better impression on the European competitions than on the Portuguese league.
The big question is how will Benfica approach this match.
Without being able to rely on André Almeida, Rui Vitória will naturally have to worry about setting up the right flank, because it will be essential to have the ability to stop Manchester United’s offensive dynamic through the centre of the field.
On the other hand, with the transitions being so important, Benfica’s starting XI should be adapted to their more creative players.
Manchester United can present themselves with a similar structure to the one they used on their trip to Moscow, opting to have Lindelöf among the starters, with a defensive line formed by 3 players.
That option gives José Mourinho’s side more balance in contexts where the team should have a lot more ball possession than on the top matches in the Premier League.
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On the other hand, Manchester United has a lot of options with a lot of offensive quality, which might allow them to make some changes over the course of the 90 minutes, adjusting and refining the best way to beat Benfica.
This will be a very tricky match for Benfica, that might result on an early goodbye from this competition for the Eagles, especially because they will face a team and a coach who are getting used to not failing.
|United to win||