Confirmed Starting XI: Lukaku leads the line; McTominay handed a start against Benfica


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made six changes to his side which will face Benfica at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League this evening. Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replacing Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.

On Saturday, United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the Premier League, keeping the club in second place in the league, just five points adrift of Manchester City. In the Champions League this season, United have played three matches, winning all three, beating Benfica in Lisbon two weeks ago.

A victory over Benfica tonight will see the club earn a place in the knockout stage of the tournament. The match is televised live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and will kick off at 19:45 GMT.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Blind;

Matic, McTominay;

Mata, Lingard, Martial;



Romero; Lindelof, Shaw; Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan; Rashford

United and Benfica have gone head to head on a number of occasions before with United only being beat once by the Portuguese side, back in 2005. This match will be the eleventh time the two sides have faced each other with United winning seven times, including the European Cup final in 1968, ten years after the Munich Air Disaster, also drawing twice.

United will be pushing for a victory tonight at the Theatre of Dreams, ensuring the club will be in the knockout stages, meaning they have two matches to spare, which Mourinho could use to give some youth and fringe players a run out in the team like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do.

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