A Ryan Giggs strike cancelled out Oscar Cardozo’s opener, as the points were shared at the Estadio da Luz, and the Scottish manager felt it was a good game.
“Once we scored, we played well,” he told Sky Sports at full-time.
“Our possession was too cautious in the first half. It was the kind of possession that gives you a certain control but doesn’t win you the game. Benfica had some terrific chances in the last 15 minutes. There was one very good chance, and Anders [Lindegaard] made a great save.”
The Dane played well in winning the point for the Premier League champions, but Fergie confirmed that David de Gea would be reinstated for the crucial domestic fixture against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“David De Gea will play on Sunday. That was the understanding we had before the game, and it doesn’t change.
“I don’t know why you ask these questions, you’re just looking for stupid little things. Anyway…it proves we have two terrific goalkeepers,” he concluded.
United’s next Champions League fixture is at home to FC Basel on September 27, with Romanian side Otelul Galati making up the final team in Group C.
Meanwhile, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus was also happy with the point, but feels that his team had the better of the play.
“We faced a top team, full of quality and experience and we drew. We did well because we were supportive, because we defended well and because we created problems for their defence.
“If there was to be a winner, it was Benfica but a point against United is not bad,” he admitted.
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