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Match facts: Manchester United v Benfica

Published: Saturday 19 November 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Manchester United v Benfica
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Published: Saturday 19 November 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Manchester United v Benfica

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
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UEFA Champions League statistics
• United have committed 33 fouls, fewer than any other side in the group stage.

• Nemanja Vidić completes a two-game ban after his red card on matchday three. Michael Carrick's next booking will incur a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 19 November: Swansea City AFC 0-1 Manchester United FC (Hernández 11)
De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidić, Evra (Fabio 51); Nani, Carrick, Giggs (Fletcher 76), Park; Rooney, Hernández (Valencia 84)

• United stayed five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City FC with their first win at Swansea; their eight previous visits to south Wales ended in two draws and six defeats.

• United have scored in their last 24 games in all competitions.

• Sir Alex Ferguson marked 25 years as United manager on 6 November; the previous day's 1-0 league defeat of Sunderland AFC had been preceded by a presentation in which Old Trafford's north stand was renamed after him.

• Manchester City inflicted United's heaviest Premier League defeat with a 6-1 derby success on 23 October. It was United's worst home reverse since a 5-0 loss against the same opponents in February 1955 and the first time they had conceded six or more goals at Old Trafford since going down 7-4 to Newcastle United FC on 13 September 1930.

• United won all but one of their Premier League home games in 2010/11 and had not lost at Old Trafford in all competitions since a 2-1 league defeat by Chelsea FC on 3 April 2010. Of the subsequent 37 matches, 33 ended in United victories, and they have won all five games in all competitions since losing to City, scoring eight goals and conceding none.

• Wayne Rooney scored hat-tricks in consecutive league games, against Arsenal FC on 28 August and Bolton Wanderers FC on 10 September, although he has not scored in the league since 18 September.

• United beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Community Shield on 7 August.

Injury news
• Michael Owen has been ruled out for six weeks with a thigh injury sustained on matchday four.

• Danny Welbeck missed Saturday's game with a hamstring strain.

• On 25 October Tom Cleverley returned from a left foot injury that had kept him out since 10 September, but was withdrawn with an ankle problem shortly after half-time at Everton FC four days later and has not played since.

• Chris Smalling (foot fracture) and Ashley Young (toe) have not played since 23 October; Ryan Giggs (hamstring) had been out since 15 October before starting on Saturday.

• Rafael (shoulder, thigh) and Darron Gibson (foot) have been sidelined since August.

International duty
• Nani scored Portugal's second in a 6-2 second-leg – and aggregate – defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs on 15 November. He won his 50th cap in the goalless first leg.

• Javier Hernández scored from the penalty spot in Mexico's 2-0 friendly win against Serbia on 11 November.

• Mame Diouf struck Senegal's final goal in a 4-1 defeat of Guinea on 11 November.

• Vidić announced his retirement from international football following Serbia's failure to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012.


UEFA milestones
• Jorge Jesus oversaw his 20th win in UEFA competition as Benfica coach on matchday three, equalling Sven-Göran Eriksson's club record. Jesus reached the mark in 35 games, Eriksson 39.

• Benfica have scored 49 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Luisão made his 78th appearance in UEFA club competition for the Portuguese side on matchday two, breaking António Veloso's Benfica record.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Nicolás Gaitán has provided four assists to date, the highest total in the competition.

• Emerson and coach Jesus served one-game bans on matchday four following red cards in the third round of fixtures. Pablo Aimar and Maxi Pereira will incur suspensions with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Friday 18 November: A. Naval 1º de Maio 0-1 SL Benfica (Rodrigo 82)
Eduardo; Miguel Vítor (David Simão 81), Luisão, Garay, Capdevila; Javi García; Ruben Amorim, Aimar (Bruno César 61); Nolito, Rodrigo Mora (Rodrigo 80), Nélson Oliveira

• Victory in the Portuguese Cup fourth round extended Benfica's unbeaten start to the season to 20 games in all competitions. Rodrigo Mora made his first start for the club on Friday.

• After drawing with FC Basel 1893 on matchday four, the Eagles were held 1-1 at SC Braga on 6 November.

• Rodrigo scored twice on his first Liga start for Benfica, his opener against SC Olhanense on 29 October coming after just 25 seconds − the fastest goal in the Portuguese top flight this term. Overall, the 20-year-old has nine goals in his last eight games for his club and Spain's Under-21 side and has scored Benfica's last five goals.

• Óscar Cardozo has scored 12 times in 21 games this season for club and country but has only two goals in his last ten matches.

• Summer signing Nolito scored in each of his first five outings for Benfica, but just three in 15 since.

Injury news
• Javier Saviola missed the Naval win with a left knee sprain.

• Nemanja Matić has been absent since matchday four because of a right thigh injury.

• Javi García made his comeback from a dead leg against Braga, having sat out Benfica's previous two games.

• Enzo Peréz was ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery on his right knee in September.

International duty
• Bruno César earned his first caps for Brazil in respective 2-0 victories against Gabon and Egypt on 10 and 14 November.

• Ruben Amorim and Eduardo were unused in both legs of Portugal's successful UEFA EURO 2012 play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

• Rodrigo recorded his second hat-trick of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign on 10 November as Spain beat Estonia 6-0 in Melilla.

• On the same day, Nélson Oliveira scored two of Portugal U21s' goals in a 5-0 win against Moldova.

• Benfica defeated Galatasaray AŞ 2-0 in a friendly at the Stade de Genève on 12 November, Miguel Vítor and Saviola on target.

• Gaitán signed a one-year contract extension on 25 October, tying him to Benfica until summer 2016. He has a €45m release clause.

• Benfica unveiled their first signing of 2012/13 on 10 October, agreeing terms with Paraguayan forward Derlis González, 17.

Last updated: 20/11/11 18.28CET

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