Manchester United travel to Benfica this evening looking to make it three wins from three in our Champions League group and have one foot in the second round.
The Portuguese side were 1-0 winners in the cup at the weekend meaning they haven’t played a league game for more than two weeks now.
Whilst we were held 0-0 at Liverpool on Saturday I think we head to the Portuguese capital full of confidence that we can pick up another three points in this group.
Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will start with:
David de Gea
The Portuguese coach has previously said that he won’t be rotating his goalkeepers in European competition this season and that David de Gea is our number one for the Champions League.
Ashley Young essentially got himself back into the first team with his performance versus FC Basel from full-back in our opening group game and I think the Englishman will give Antonio Valencia a rest this evening by starting at right-back.
Not up to speed with the Premier League yet but Victor Lindelof has been trusted in the Champions League. The Swedish international is in line to face his former club.
Chris Smalling has been Lindelof’s partner in the Champions League and with Eric Bailly suffering from a knock over the international break I think this will be the centre-back partnership once again.
Not called up for the trip to Anfield over the weekend, Daley Blind should be restored to the starting lineup this evening where he can comb on from left-back.
The Serbian has been playing week in, week out, and with the injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick I don’t see Nemanja Matic getting a break this evening.
Ander Herrera is full of energy in the centre of midfield and should be used to help us dominate possession versus Benfica. The Portuguese side could line up in a 4-4-2 formation so the Spaniard would also be used to break up play in the middle of the park.
Dropped at the weekend, Juan Mata seems the obvious choice to start down the right wing in Europe, though Jesse Lingard is a favourite of Mourinho’s.
Another quiet performance over the weekend, Henrikh Mkhitaryan could do with starting this game in hope that he finds that early season form again.
Mourinho has been rotating our two left forwards this season and if he wants Marcus Rashford to start in the Premier League this weekend I would expect Anthony Martial to start his second consecutive game following the international break.
Romelu Lukaku should be given the start in this one in hope he can find the back of the net again after a quiet and frustrating game versus Liverpool that saw our top scorer receive a lot of criticism from the press.
Here is how we look on paper: