Benfica’s miserable run in the UEFA Champions League continued as they were defeated 1-0 by former manager José Mourinho’s Manchester United side at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night.
Rui Vitória handed summer signing Mile Svilar his Champions League debut, making the Belgian the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the competition at just 18 years and 52 days, but his inexperience was evident, as the youngster's calamitous error from a Marcus Rashford free-kick put United in front. The hosts had Luisão sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.
The Águias dominated proceedings early on, and went close in the 14th minute when Álex Grimaldo's pull-back fell to Eduardo Salvio, but the Argentinean fired wide of the post.
The visitors’ first sight of goal came in the 31st minute, when Daley Blind's cross was met by a Rashford header that cleared the bar.
The Red Devils threatened again five minutes later, when former Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matić surged forward to draw a good save from Svilar, who smothered the Serbian's effort away.
Manchester United took the lead in the 64th minute, when a free-kick from Rashford caught out Svilar, who reacted too late and carried the ball into his own net.
United went close to doubling their advantage in the 78th minute, as substitute Anthony Martial got the better of Douglas before drawing a good save from Svilar at his near post from a tight angle.
Five minutes later, the Encarnados had a good chance to level the scores when a corner from substitute Franco Cervi was met by Rúben Dias, who volleyed the ball over the bar.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 92nd minute; skipper Luisão, who had already been booked earlier in the match, received a second yellow card and his marching orders for a late challenge on substitute Scott McTominay.
The result means that Manchester United stay top of Group A, while Benfica remain at the bottom, without a point from their first three matches. The Eagles are three points adrift of CSKA Moscow, and six points behind Basel.
Benfica: Svilar, Douglas, Luisão, Rúben Dias, Grimaldo, Salvio (Cervi 83'), Pizzi (Živković 59'), Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Diogo Gonçalves (Jonas 69'), Raúl
Manchester United: de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelöf, Blind, Matić, Herrera, Mata (Lingard 83'), Mkhitaryan (McTominay 92'), Rashford (Martial 76'), Lukaku
Goal: Rashford (64')