What Jose Mourinho told Benfica's manager after Mile Svilar saved Anthony Martial's penalty

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It's been an odd few weeks in the life of Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United boss has enjoyed a very positive start to the season, but his world appeared to be turned upside down when the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Huddersfield.

Criticism came from far and wide but in typical Mourinho fashion, his team have responded.

A huge 1-0 over Tottenham was followed by a 2-0 victory over Benfica in the Champions League to assure them of passage to the last-16.

Despite his apparent criticism of the fans' support of the team and his players, all things seem to be back to normal for the 'Special One'.

Against Benfica, his team weren't exactly at their fluent best, but they had more than enough to get past the Portuguese champions.

Young goalkeeper Mile Svilar was once again in the spotlight as every major event in the game seemed to centre around the young Belgian.

United's first goal came courtesy of Nemanja Matic's shot rebounding off the post and hitting him on the back before rolling into the net, with it going down as a very unfortunate own goal.

However, the 18-year-old did produce one very impressive moment before that, as he managed to produce a top, top save to deny Anthony Martial from the penalty spot.


It was a big moment for the Benfica man, as he entered himself in the record books by becoming the youngest ever goalkeeper to save a penalty in the Champions League.

Even in the first game - where he made a huge error for United's only goal - Mourinho and his players were supportive towards the teenager and they were the exact same at Old Trafford.

What Mourinho said to Benfica manager Rui Vitoria after his penalty save shows that the boss certainly does have a classy side.



"The words that I exchanged were quite relaxed," Mourinho said. "When their keeper made the penalty save I just smiled and said to him you have a keeper for many years and when De Gea made a good save he said similar, kind words, that De Gea was not bad either."

A touch of class by Mourinho, one that maybe he should have showed his fans in the programme notes before the game.

The last sentence of his message read: "I hope you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham."


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