It was not the most convincing of victories but it was a vital three points. With Benfica playing to a draw with FC Basel, Manchester United go top in Group C. A win at Old Trafford versus Benfica in the next UEFA Champions League tie will guarantee United the top spot in their group. Early on, a marauding Phil Jones whipped in a cross that found Antonio Valencia for the opening goal in the 8th minute. It appeared the route was on. It wasn't. A nervous Old Trafford crowd had to endure another 79 minutes before Wayne Rooney scored from distance on a deflected shot. Jones and Rooney were superb. Anderson not so much. Everyone else was somewhere in between.
Overall, it has been fairly lackluster for United thus far in their four European ties. However, they do top the group now and the common belief is that United will find their form for the knock-out stages. I sure hope they find it for Benfica.
How did you feel about the match? Who was your United man of the match?