Preview: United v Benfica

Set the scene for me... On Saturday, United continued this season's perfect record at Old Trafford in all competitions, as an Anthony Martial goal secured Victory Over Tottenham Hotspur.

 Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to concede a goal at home in the Premier League and, with wins in all three Champions League outings this season, the Reds will be full of confidence when hosting Benfica on Tuesday night. Following a 1-0 victory over the Eagles in Lisbon two weeks ago, United will qualify from Group A if they better CSKA Moscow's result at Basel, while Benfica will be desperate to end their worst ever European run of four straight defeats.

How can I follow the action?

 The game kicks off at 19:45 GMT and will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK. Subscribers of MUTV on Sky or Virgin Media, the club's MUTV app or online at will be able to watch build up from 17:45 GMT on the Match Day show and listen to radio commentary of the game before watching it in full from midnight. You can also follow the game as it happens via's live match blog and by following our official Twitter account

Any team news?

 Eric Bailly returned after a five-game absence in Saturday's triumph over Tottenham, helping the Reds keep a clean sheet in the process. Mourinho confirmed in Monday's press conference that United "have the same players from the weekend" to face Benfica, meaning he is still without the services of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. Meanwhile, Benfica's defence is depleted, with Andrea Almeida and Luisao both unavailable through suspension, and Douglas and Jardel set to miss out due to injury.

What sort of form are Benfica in?

Rui Vitoria's side have had a positive start to their domestic campaign and currently sit third in the Primeira Liga, having lost only once in their opening 10 games in the Portuguese top flight. The Eagles have won their two league games since playing United in Portugal but their European form has been drastically different; the defeats in their opening three group games this season followed a 4-0 reversal at Borussia Dortmund in their final Champions League game last term. But the visitors boast one of the most potent attacks in Portugal, spearheaded by Jonas, who has netted three times in the two games since United's visit.
Who's the referee? Gediminas Mazeika will take charge of proceedings on Tuesday night. The Lithuanian was also in the middle for  United's victory against Rostov  at Old Trafford in last season's journey to winning the Europa League.

Any other trivia? The meeting between the two sides earlier this month was not the first time the two managers have faced one another. Rui Vitoria's UD Vilafranquense met Mourinho's Porto side in the 2003/04 Portuguese Cup last 16 and were beaten 4-0.
What have our players said? Bailly offered his thoughts on the significance of the match, saying: "Tomorrow’s game will be very important for us because we have won three out of four and we feel in the fourth one we can basically qualify for the next phase. This will give us a lot of confidence."

Who else is in action? On Tuesday, Chelsea travel to Italy to take on Roma and Celtic host Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. Tottenham welcome Real Madrid to Wembley on Wednesday, while Liverpool receive a visit from Maribor and Manchester City travel to face Napoli.
Tuesday 31 October (all 19:45 GMT)
Manchester United v Benfica
Basel v CSKA Moscow
Celtic v Bayern
Paris v Anderlecht
Atletico Madrid v Qarabag
Roma v Chelsea
Olympiakos v Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon v Juventus


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