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Manchester United look to keep up momentum

Benfica await Jose Mourinho’s men

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London: Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be looking to maintain their robust start to their Champions League campaign when they head to Benfica on Wednesday while Paris Saint-Germain prepare to pile on the misery for Anderlecht.

United can take a giant stride toward a first appearance in the knockout stages since the 2013-14 season with a win at pointless Benfica — a repeat of the 1968 final. The Portuguese champions suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at Basel last time out — their heaviest in the competition — following an opening home loss to CSKA Moscow in Group A.

United played out a dire 0-0 draw at bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday, falling two points behind Manchester City in the Premier League after failing to score for the first time this term. Sweden defender Victor Lindelof returns to his former club following his close-season move to United, while Andre Almeida is serving a two-match ban for Benfica.

In Group B, PSG’s electrifying strikeforce of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe can book there place in the next round at Anderlecht, who could be in for another long evening as they search for their first goal and point.