Manchester United host Benfica in our fourth game of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage this evening.
Victory would book our place into the second round with two games to spare should CSKA Moscow fail to beat FC Basel in the other game in Group A. We have collected a maximum nine points from our opening three games.
The Portuguese champions are yet to pick up a single point and we were 1-0 winners at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago.
Jose Mourinho has a trip to Chelsea on Sunday to consider when he made his decision in picking this evening’s starting XI.
The two teams for this evening’s game have been confirmed as:
David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind; Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford
Antonio Valencia has been given a rest ahead of the weekend’s big game, so Matteo Darmian steps in at right-back and Daley Blind will play on the opposite flank. Mourinho has decided Victor Lindelof will only be on the bench versus his former club whilst Phil Jones is not in the squad altogether as Chris Smalling partners Eric Bailly at the back.
20-year-old Scott McTominay is handed his first start in the competition as we correctly predicted earlier today that Ander Herrera will be given a rest. Though the Spaniard is named among the substitutes, as is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with both Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata starting.
Romelu Lukaku will be looking for his first Manchester United goal in the month of October as he starts up front. Anthony Martial is on the left with Marcus Rashford among the substitutes. Jose has made six changes in all since the weekend.
Mile Svilar; Douglas, Ruben Dias, Jardel, Alex Grimaldo; Ljubomir Fejsa, Filipe Augusto; Pizzi, Eduardo Salvio; Diego Goncalves, Raul Jimenez
Head coach Rui Vitoria starts with Diego Goncalves and Raul Jimenez against us once again despite Haris Seferovic scoring their only Champions League goal so far this campaign and Jonas being their top scorer in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with 12 goals in 10 appearances.
18-year-old Mile Svilar starts in goal once again for Benfica despite making a huge howler for our winning goal in the first meeting. The Portuguese side had used a different goalkeeper in each of their first three games.
Captain Luisao had been the only player to play every minute for Benfica in this season’s competition prior to his stoppage time dismissal a fortnight ago. The centre-back misses this game through suspension.