Rui Vitoria backs Victor Lindelof to flourish at Manchester United

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Even so, he is desperate to go there with United and take three points.

The upcoming match will be the 7th full-time meeting between Benfica and Manchester United.

"Of course when you move from the Portuguese championship to an English championship, so there is a phase, a stage of adaptation".

However, he now appears very close to first team action - and though Jose Mourinho claims he won't feature in the Champions League clash tonight, he could figure in the next two weeks.

"Benfica haven't won the Portugese league for the last four seasons for no reason and they haven't got to the last eight and the 16 for no reason either", he told a pre-match news conference.

A 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid has Antonio Conte's men set fair for a top two finish and qualification for the knockout stages but three points at home to Roma on Wednesday would hand them a commanding grip on the group. "Rui has done many different things in the Champions League".

Manchester United are looking to win the Champions League title for the first time since 2008 when the Red Devils beat their bitter rivals Chelsea on penalties. That said, they are now well placed in Group A, and will be looking to extend an unbeaten away European record, which stands at six matches entering the clash in Lisbon. A point at Benfica would not be the worst result in the world, but with the Portuguese side struggling in Europe this term, United will surely not show too much respect. This victory, although not very convincing, was important psychologically, since before that Benfica had drawn with Maritim 1: 1, and also lost to Basel in the Champions League with a score of 5: 0.

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