These two clubs have a lot of history going back to the 1968 European Cup final that Utd won 4-1 and this should be another classic match.
The sides are top of the group, separated only by goal difference but with home advantage Rooney and co should take the points at 1/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting). They have a fine record against Portuguese opposition, having not lost at home in the last 10. In previous Champions League matches against Tuesday’s opposition they a 100% home record and drew 1-1 in Portugal earlier this year.
Given these stats it is hard to see Benfica overcoming odds of 13/2 with Ladbrokes (£50 free bet) to claim the victory. They have drawn two of their last three in all competitions and that may be the best they can hope for here at 10/3 (Stan James).
Fergie’s side have now won their last five matches, keeping clean sheets in them all. There is no doubt that this renewed defensive stability is a reaction to the embarrassing 6-1 home mauling they suffered at the hands of rivals Man City. Their back line remains unsettled but with De Gea improving all the time and Vidic fit they have a much more solid look.
The Red Devils are expected to play Hernandez and Rooney up front and the latter is 16/5 (Paddy Power) to score first. The Mexican, who scored the winner against Swansea on Saturday, is also worth considering at 9/2 with the same firm.
This will be a tough test for the home side, with Benfica unbeaten away from home in Europe this season. However, despite some recent slip-ups at home, Man Utd’s record at Old Trafford remains formidable and they look certain to extend their fine sequence.