After the bore draw at Liverpool, it’s back to European duty for Jose Mourinho and his great entertainers. Manchester United are in Lisbon to take on Benfica in Group A of the Champions League.
According to Mourinho, it’s a game United “would like to win”. Should they do so, they would remain on top of the group with nine points from nine, in the process all but guaranteeing their space in the next round. Even a draw would probably be fine, since Basel (in second) and CSKA Moscow (third) are playing one another. But a draw would be boring. Goals please!
As for Benfica, they’ve made a strangely miserable start to their campaign and sit bottom of the group, with no points and seven goals conceded. Last time around they were tonked 5-0 by Basel, which rather surprised everybody. Goals please!
Champions League schedule
7.45 p.m. in the UK, 2.45 p.m. on the east coast of the USA, and a pleasant brunchtime 11.45 a.m. over on the west coast. Hope you’re all enjoying your avocado on toast.
Champions League TV channel
You’ll need BT Sport 2 in the UK. In the USA, assuming we’re reading this correctly, you can choose between FuboTV and Fox Deportes. Everybody else, have a look at livesoccertv.
Champions League streaming
BT Sport’s streaming services in the UK, Fox Sports Go in the USA.
We’re guessing here, but United have used a back three in Europe this season, so let’s go for ... David de Gea; Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof; Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia; Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata; and Romelu Lukaku.
Well, we were close enough. Mkhitaryan and Blind instead of Young and Jones in an attacking team.
Here's the #MUFC team to face Benfica in tonight's #UCL game... pic.twitter.com/Z8Mf48T8bp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2017
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