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Friday 23 February 2018

United on the brink

Jose can relax but pressure is rising for Chelsea boss Conte

Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League match against Benfica at Old Trafford. Photo: PA
Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League match against Benfica at Old Trafford. Photo: PA

Manchester United can put their full focus on the Premier League title for a spell after they all but booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League last night.

A 2-0 win at home to Benfica, with an efficient display, has put Jose Mourinho's outfit on the brink of qualification with two games to spare.

There was a touch of fortune about their opening goal as Nemanja Matic's strike came off the back of the Benfica goalkeeper and over the line, while a Daley Blind penalty - Anthony Martial had earlier missed a spot kick - made sure of the win.

United now gear up for Sunday's key league meeting with current champions Chelsea.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is under even more pressure after last night's 3-0 defeat to Roma.

An indifferent run of form, and back to back Champions League games without a win for the Blues, has put Conte under more scrutiny and defeat to United in the league on Sunday could be costly.

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