Manchester United have been enjoying life back in the Champions League so far this season.
Courtesy of their Europa League triumph last term, the Red Devils are back at the top table and sit at the summit of Group A going into the Benfica game.
The fortunes of the Portuguese champions have been very different. On matchday one, they lost at home to CSKA Moscow, before being mauled 5-0 by Basel in Switzerland.
Mile Svilar has epitomised that bad fortune. The young goalkeeper, who's still just 18 years of age, had a nightmare when his team met United a fortnight ago, carrying Marcus Rashford's free-kick over his own goal line.
In his second outing against Jose Mourinho's men, his confidence will have been boosted as he saved Anthony Martial's penalty. However, shortly before the interval, he was crushed again as Nemanja Matic's shot rebounded off him for what will surely go down as an own goal.
As the youngest stopper in the competition's history, you have to feel for him.
On balance, United deserved their lead, though they had David De Gea to thank for keeping the scores goalless in the first place.
Whereas all the attention will focus on Svilar and his difficulties at the other end, it's testament to how often De Gea makes world-class saves that his latest incredible moment to deny Diogo Gonçalves wasn't the main talking point. Nonetheless, here it is, and it's pretty special:
Not only is he (probably) the best goalie in Europe right now, the Spanish international was showing his class before the game too.
Class on and off the pitch
When asked for his thoughts on his Benfica counterpart, he was quoted via United's official website:
"That’s the life of a goalkeeper for you. It can be tough especially when you are so young and make a big mistake – but in the end you just have to live with it and learn from the errors that you make. He’s just a young lad and he’s only just starting out his career and I’m sure he’ll be fine.
“The main thing is, if you do make a mistake, you should try to quickly forget about it and just keep going.
"At the end of the day when you are so young you get used to any mistakes you make and you just have to cope with them. You have to work very hard and enjoy what you do.”
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