Manchester United couldn’t have asked for a better start to their Champions League campaign. Jose Mourinho’s men have picked up two wins from two, whilst sitting pretty at the top of their group.
Next up, a potentially tricky game away at SL Benfica. The Portuguese giants haven’t been in the best form at the start of this season, but they’ll always pose a threat.
Manager Mourinho clearly isn’t taking them lightly, and ahead of the game, the gaffer admitted that a draw wouldn’t be the worst result – with our aim to top the group.
“Our goal is to qualify. Currently, our sole objective is to qualify within that context. I think that one point away against the strongest of the three teams in the group is a positive result, but the match is also possible to be analysed outside that context and to be analysed in the context of a match that we want to try and win.” Mourinho is quoted as telling reporters by a live blog on the official Manchester United website.
Benfica is the side that came out of pot one in Champions League Group A. On paper, they are the toughest opponents the Red Devils will face in continental competition before the new year. Going to Lisbon and taking a draw would be great. It’d keep our unbeaten record intact, whilst strengthening our hand at the top of the group.
My main concern is that if we head to Benfica and sit back, United and the team will come in for heavy criticism. I guess Mourinho doesn’t really care what reports and opposing fans think. He’s in the game to win trophies by any means necessary, and he’s the absolute master when it comes to picking your battles. If we’re coming home from Portugal with a point in our back pocket, I’ll be delighted.