Champions League: How we defeated Benfica - Mourinho reveals Manchester United's plan

Mason Holgate and Michael Keane get put through their paces at Finch Farm

Bereft of a cutting edge up front or creativity in midfield without the injured Paul Pogba, United won thanks to solid defending and a freak Marcus Rashford goal.

Svilar, who erased Iker Casillas' record to become the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League at 18 years old and 52 days, was back-pedalling to catch Rashford's 64th-minute free-kick, but eventually carried the ball over the line.

But with a rock-solid rearguard he also knows United will usually be in with a chance of winning those games.

"David de Gea did not have one save to make. But this won't affect me at all". "He just said, "You don't have to worry, just keep working and you'll be okay".

"I think the way to do it is to ignore the players who are injured, and focus on the players that are available, to give confidence to the players are available".

"But we had stats and information about set pieces, so we needed to make him uncomfortable".

United midfielder Nemanja Matic added that Mourinho had instructed them to test the youngster, who is the son of former Serbia goalkeeper Ratko.

Charlie Nicholas was on Sky Sports as a pundit and has had his say on the recent mind-games that Jose Mourinho has been playing with his fellow managers.

But the burly Belgian looked toothless in the draw at Liverpool and again on Wednesday in Lisbon.

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"Sometimes, I feel being good defensively is a crime, but that is a way of getting results".

United are second in the Premier League two points behind arch-rivals City and have made a good start in Europe's elite club competition, having won their opening two Group A games against CSKA Moscow and Basel.

Despite winning, Mourinho's style has its detractors, including former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy.

Surely the Red Devils will all be laughing now at the Italian for falling for their manager's usual trick and Nicholas believes the Portuguese relishes the mental aspect of the game.

Manchester United's manager typically begins his mind-games routine whenever things start to heat up and as his club prepare to face Tottenham and Chelsea soon, it appears he's in full swing.

Although he can be hard to work with at times, as Matic has revealed, there is no doubt that his methods bring great success to any club he manages.

"Let City get all the credit at the moment and United can go under the radar".

Speaking on ITV's Champions League highlights show, Keane explained: "It will suit United".

The 25-year-old's been in great form in the centre of United's defence this term, helping United to nine clean sheets in 12 matches.

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