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Manchester United 2-2 Benfica: Match Review

Nani works some space against Benfica. (©GettyImages)
Nani works some space against Benfica. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United go into their last UEFA Champions League Group C game against Basel needing a point if they are to ensure qualification to the knockout stages after being held to a 2-2 draw with Benfica at Old Trafford.

The hosts didn't get off to the best of starts, gifting the Portuguese visitors the lead in the 3rd minute, when defender Phil Jones put through his own net.

Dimitar Berbatov drew the Red Devils level prior to the half-time break, with a well-taken header from a Luis Nani cross.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side started the brighter after the interval, and Darren Fletcher completed the turnaround on the hour mark, to give last season's UEFA Champions League finalists the advantage at 2-1.

However, just 80 seconds later, the scores were level when David De Gea's poor clearance was pounced upon by Benfica, leaving Pablo Aimar to tap home from close range.

As United pushed forward for the win, it was Berbatov who scuppered the clearest of chances when he fired over a Fabio cross on the volley from 12-yards with the goal at his mercy.

Ferguson introduced Javier Hernandez late on, but the Mexican hit-man had little chance to make a difference, and despite being without the services of the injured Wayne Rooney, Manchester United will feel disappointed to have thrown away the lead after working so hard to get back into the game.

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