Whenever United come up against Benfica, we always think about that night in 1968 when the Busby Babes beat Portugal’s finest at Wembley in the European Cup final. The Reds claimed victory after beating the Portuguese Champions 4–1 after extra time; two goals coming from captain Bobby Charlton and one a piece from George Best and Brian Kidd. There is far less up for grabs tonight, but a win would put United into a nice position to finish top of Group C.

Starting XI: David de Gea; Fabio da Silva, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra; Luis Nani, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia; Ashley Young, Dimitar Berbatov.

Bench: Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Rafael da Silva, Ryan Giggs, Ji-sung Park, Darron Gibson, Javier Hernandez.