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Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud alternatives: Wenger’s search for a new target man

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Olivier Giroud's Arsenal career is approaching its end. The Frenchman has won 3 FA Cups, 3...

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Wolves closing in on mercurial Arsenal target, club chief flies in to discuss big money move

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Arsenal were interested in signing the highly talented Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho but it appears that Wolves are currently leading the race for the Portugal U21s star.

According to reports, Jorge Mendes is set to play a key role in bringing the midfielder to Molineux.

Mendes has worked closely with the Wolves hierarchy to improve the Championship outfit and the association continues to benefit Nuno’s side.

Kolasinac impresses in positive Arsenal win over Benfica

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The new Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac made a brilliant home debut yesterday against Benfica, and he came out of the traps in style and had a hand in three of Arsenal's five goals. He practically singlehandedly created the first goal for Theo Walcott and his forward runs gave him a hand in both Walcott's second [.

Walcott shines as Arsenal trounce Benfica

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London (AFP) – Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with a brace in Arsenal’s 5-2 friendly thrashing of Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Walcott is in danger of being reduced to a fringe figure following a disappointing campaign that ended with the England winger being left out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea in May.

Walcott shines as Arsenal trounce Benfica

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London (AFP) – Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with a brace in Arsenal’s 5-2 friendly thrashing of Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Walcott is in danger of being reduced to a fringe figure following a disappointing campaign that ended with the England winger being left out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea in May.

Arsenal v Benfica Emirates Cup confirmed teams – Who will impress?

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Arsenal have released the starting line-up for the Benfica clash at the Emirates Stadium today. The Gunners have two matches to play in 24 hours so you can't expect our strongest line-up, but it's definitely one to watch. The interesting selections are with summer signing Sead Kolasinac playing in the back three, as opposed to [.

Americans Abroad

American midfielder Keaton Parks makes first-team debut for Benfica

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Texas-born American midfielder Keaton Parks made his first-team debut for Portuguese giant Benfica on Saturday, coming off the bench in a 2-0 Taca de Portugal win against Setubal.

Parks came off the bench and played 21 minutes in is first match with Benfica since joining from Portuguese second-division side Varzim in the summer.

American midfielder Keaton Parks training with Benfica first team

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While several young American stars take the field in Portugal with the U.S. Men's National Team, another young midfielder is making moves with one of the country's biggest teams.

20-year-old American midfielder Keaton Parks has been working with Benfica's senior team throughout the international break.

Transfer News & Rumours

Wolves set to move for technically gifted star in January, he has been compared to Hazard

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Championship outfit Wolves are looking to break the bank for the highly talented Benfica winger Rafa Silva when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 24-year-old joined Benfica last summer for a fee of €16.4 million and it seems highly unlikely that Benfica will agree to sell him this season.

Leeds set to confirm attacker's signing this week, deal was agreed before transfer deadline

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Benfica forward Oliver Sarkic is all set to be confirmed as a Leeds United player soon.

The 20-year-old attacker has joined the Championship outfit on a half-season loan until the end of December.

Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that the agreement was reached before the transfer window closed and Leeds have secured a clearance for the player as well.

Manchester United

Top Five Champions League games at Old Trafford

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Perhaps as a reaction to Tuesday night's jagged 2-0 victory over Benfica, I've been thinking about the many great Champions League nights that Old Trafford has been graced with since the competition replaced the old European Cup in the 90s. Sure, the club's most seminal CL outings took place in Barcelona and Moscow, but our fair home has experienced some classic encounters over the years that will live long in the memory, even when United didn't win.

Video: Mile Svilar loved playing at Man Utd despite his own goal

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Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar couldn't hide his delight at playing at Old Trafford, despite having scored an own goal for Manchester...

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Man Utd set record in 2-0 win over Benfica

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Manchester United were 2-0 winners at home to Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night. An own goal from Mile Svilar gave us the lead at the end of the first half before Daley Blind settled the result from... Continue Reading →

Mourinho defends lack of Lukaku charity

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his decision not to allow misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku to take a penalty during his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica.

Lukaku made a blistering start to his United career after joining from Everton, scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games, but has now gone six matches without finding the net.

Hapless Svilar helps Manchester United to brink of last 16

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United closed to the brink of the Champions League knockout phase after more inadvertent generosity from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar helped them to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.

Having carried a Marcus Rashford free-kick into his own net to gift United victory in the reverse fixture, 18-year-old Svilar scored an unwitting own goal when Nemanja Matic’s shot hit the post and went in off his back.

Hapless Svilar helps Manchester United to brink of last 16

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United closed to the brink of the Champions League knockout phase after more inadvertent generosity from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar helped them to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.

Having carried a Marcus Rashford free-kick into his own net to gift United victory in the reverse fixture, 18-year-old Svilar scored an unwitting own goal when Nemanja Matic’s shot hit the post and went in off his back.

Player Ratings: Man Utd 2-0 Benfica

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Manchester United are closing in on winning Group A of this season's Champions League with a 2-0 win over Benfica this evening. We have now taken maximum points from our four games in the group stage with a trip to... Continue Reading →

Another Man Utd midfielder suffers injury

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Manchester United are currently playing Benfica in our fourth group game of this season's Champions League. Victory over the Portuguese champions matched by CSKA Moscow failing to win at FC Basel this season would book our place in the second... Continue Reading →

Confirmed: Man Utd vs Benfica lineups

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Manchester United host Benfica in the fourth game of our Champions League group stage this evening. Victory would book our place into the second round with two games to spare should CSKA Moscow fail to beat FC Basel in the... Continue Reading →

4-2-3-1: Man Utd predicted XI to face Benfica

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Manchester United can book their place in the second round of this season's Champions League this evening when we host Benfica at Old Trafford. We have already taken a maximum nine points from our first three games in the group... Continue Reading →

4-2-3-1 v Benfica: Mourinho without these 3 Man Utd stars for vital Champions League clash; Team News, Stats & Predictions

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Manchester United vs Benfica
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Manchester United host Benfica in the Champions League this week and the Red Devils will look to continue their impressive run of form with a win here.

PSG, Barcelona on verge of Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, five-time champions Barcelona and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are among the teams looking to book a Champions League last-16 place on Tuesday.

The pick of the action sees Anderlecht take on Neymar and co. in Paris, while Barcelona face Olympiakos and Roma go head-to-head with Chelsea in Italy.

Alex Grimaldo: Man Utd press ahead with plans to sign Benfica left-back

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given the club's hierarchy the go-ahead to step up their interest in Benfica left-back Alex...

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Umaro Embalo: Man Utd keen to sign Benfica starlet

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Manchester United are scouting Benfica youngster Umaro Embalo, according to ESPN. The Red Devils' chief scout Javier Ribalta and head of...

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Marcus Rashford limps off injured during Man Utd’s win over Benfica

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Manchester United's injury woes have worsened after Marcus Rashford was forced off during tonight's win over Benfica. The England...

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Player Ratings: Benfica 0-1 Man Utd

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Manchester United made it three wins from three in the Champions League group stage with a 1-0 win at Benfica this evening and can confirm our place in the second round in a fortnight's time when the Portuguese champions come... Continue Reading →

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Mourinho's apparent frustrations.

ESPN claims Mourinho has held contract talks with the club.

The official site discusses our U-19s 2-2 draw with Benfica.

The Mirror reports on Andreas Pereira's speeding punishment.

Round and White talks about Pogba's return.

4-2-3-1: Man Utd predicted XI to face Benfica

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Manchester United travel to Benfica this evening looking to make it three wins from three in our Champions League group and have one foot in the second round. The Portuguese side were 1-0 winners in the cup at the weekend... Continue Reading →

Echoes of George Best as Manchester United and Benfica collide

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Champions League encounter with Benfica on Wednesday represents a resumption of hostilities with foes who have provided a yardstick for their European standing for over half a century.

Benfica, famously, were the team United defeated at Wembley in 1968 to become the first English side to win the European Cup.

United, Chelsea aim to stamp Champions League authority

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Paris (AFP) – 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 Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertain Roma.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi meanwhile play their first home match at the Camp Nou since the Catalonia independence referendum that plunged Spain into chaos, when Olympiakos visit.

United, Chelsea aim to stamp Champions League authority

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Paris (AFP) – 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 Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertain Roma.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi meanwhile play their first home match at the Camp Nou since the Catalonia independence referendum that plunged Spain into chaos, when Olympiakos visit.

UEFA Champions League

Tuesday UCL Rewind: Man United edges Benfica, Roma defeats Chelsea, and more

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Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League saw 16 clubs in action on Halloween, looking to avoid any scares. Manchester United knew a victory paired with other results would see them book a place into the last 16, while Chelsea looked to do the same in Italy.

Elsewhere, Celtic welcomed Bayern Munich to Glasgow, while PSG hosted Anderlecht at the Parc Des Princes.

On This Day in Football: Spurs thrash Everton, Pele trumps Eusebio, US hosts first game of soccer

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On this day in 1958, the late great Bill Nicholson was appointed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The same afternoon, overseeing his first game in charge, Nicholson guided Spurs to an emphatic 10-4 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane.

Not a bad start.

Nicholson, a formidable wing-half, spent the entirety of his senior playing career at Spurs amassing over 300 appearances for the club.

Europe

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Benfica vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Jones, McTominay, Lingard, Young, Martial.

STATS: Benfica vs United

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Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Portugal replace injured Pizzi with Bruno Fernandes

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Lisbon (AFP) – Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon has been called up to the Portugal squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary after the withdrawal of Pizzi, the Portuguese Football Federation announced Monday.

Benfica midfielder Pizzi, 27, was there as the European champions gathered near the capital Lisbon on Monday but was later released and allowed to go back to his club.

Portugal replace injured Pizzi with Bruno Fernandes

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Lisbon (AFP) – Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon has been called up to the Portugal squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary after the withdrawal of Pizzi, the Portuguese Football Federation announced Monday.

Benfica midfielder Pizzi, 27, was there as the European champions gathered near the capital Lisbon on Monday but was later released and allowed to go back to his club.

The Rest

Champions League: Basel Speed Freak Dimitri Oberlin Scores Frighteningly Fast Breakaway Goal Against Benfica (Video)

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Basel well and truly did a number on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and that number was five as in the 5-0 tonking the Swiss team metered out to their Portuguese guests at St Jakob-Park.

Dimitri Oberlin put in a man of the match shift with the pacy winger helping himself to two goals on the night, the first being an incredibly dynamic piece of breakaway play.