Manchester United vs. Benfica Champions League preview

November 22, 2011 · Filed Under Sports News · Comments Off 

Manchester United FC and SL Benfica meet at Old Trafford on matchday five each looking to take a significant step towards the round of 16 in UEFA Champions League.

Nani started his career with Benfica’s Lisbon rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal. The United winger is a Portugal team-mate of Eduardo and Rúben Amorim.

Anderson was with Porto from 2005 to 2007. Signed from Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense, the Brazilian made three league appearances in his first campaign in Portugal but in the second featured 15 times, scoring twice and collecting a championship winners’ medal.

Patrice Evra and Javier Saviola played together at AS Monaco FC in 2004/05.

Benfica’s goalscorer against United on matchday one, Óscar Cardozo has a knack of finding the net against English clubs having struck six times in four matches against Everton FC and Liverpool FC in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.

Pablo Aimar made his UEFA Champions League debut against United, playing for Valencia CF in home (0-0) and away (1-1) draws with the English side in the 2000/01 second group stage, before lining up against Ferdinand, then at Leeds United AFC, in the semi-finals.

Rodrigo made 17 league appearances (four starts) on loan at Bolton Wanderers FC last term, scoring once.