World Cup Russia 2018


Jose Mourinho.

The ridiculous mistake in Man United's predicted XI by a Portuguese newspaper

Published Add your comment

Football News

Manchester United face Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night, hoping to extend their 100% record in Europe this season.

The Red Devils have beaten Basel and CSKA Moscow and are already within touching distance of the knockout rounds.

Jose Mourinho's side played out a 0-0 stalemate at Liverpool on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

However, they've been heavily criticised in the press for their defensive tactics at Anfield.

"I found it [the game] really boring," said retired Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel on Sky Sports.

"It might be naivety or being romantic but I think Manchester United should play to win every game, their style and brand every game and should be good enough to win every game."

Portuguese press make huge mistake

Sports journalist Stewart Gardner shared a photo on Twitter of the Manchester United and Benfica predicted line-ups from an unnamed Portuguese newspaper.

As well as incorrectly suggesting United will line up with three at the back, there was one absolutely glaring mistake which beggars belief.

Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League

David De Gea, 26, has been the first choice at Old Trafford since his arrival in 2011 but the Portuguese newspaper believe the Spanish stopper won't be in the XI at the Estádio da Luz.

Despite being at CSKA Moscow since the age of 4, they suggest Russian keeper Igor Akivfeev will be between the sticks instead.

The 31-year-old was regularly linked with a move to Manchester United during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge but never completed a move away from his boyhood club.

PFC CSKA Moscow vs FC Ufa - Russian Premier League

De Gea was pivotal to United's hard-earned point away at Liverpool, producing another of his stunning saves to deny Joel Matip.

Incredibly, the Reds have kept clean sheets in seven of their eight Premier League games this season.

Having come so close to leaving in 2015, there is growing speculation that Real Madrid will return for De Gea next summer.


The Spanish number one has less than two years remaining on his current deal at United and the Madrid-born 'keeper would surely be interested in a big money move to the Bernabeu.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

David De Gea
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again