Manchester United have maintained their winning run in the Champions League by overcoming Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford.
On Tuesday evening, Jose Mourinho’s men did not put in the most memorable performance on home soil, but they got the job done.
The Red Devils could have won by a bigger scoreline had Anthony Martial not missed from the penalty spot in the first half.
A little bit of luck came United’s way later in the match when goalkeeper Mile Svilar sent the ball into his own net.
Benfica came close to finding an equaliser, but it was not to be as the hosts eventually doubled their lead from the spot after Marcus Rashford was fouled in the box.
The talking point of the contest came when there seemed to be some confusion over who would take the spot-kick.
Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera hovered over the ball, but Daley Blind appeared to pull rank over the pair and converted from the spot.
After the match, Mourinho confirmed that he made the decision to give Blind the shot rather than his attacking star.
It has been six games since Lukaku last found the back of the net, and the striker has been in the headlines of late following Mourinho’s public defence of the Belgian.
The forward’s performance, as well as the penalty drama was discussed by fans on Twitter.
should have let Lukaku take the penalty to bring back his confidence. #mufc
— Lynton Mondano (@Lyndogga) October 31, 2017
I actually feel frustrated for Lukaku. Desperately needs a goal, tonight a missed opportunity. #MUFC
— Adam??Colton (@AdamsBapple) October 31, 2017
— Rico (@ricosantos10) October 31, 2017
Lukaku misses Pogba so much ? #MUFC
— UnitedForever (@originalvoetbal) October 31, 2017
— When The Seagulls (@whentheseaguIIs) October 31, 2017
Lukaku looks like he has lost his confidence, hope it's just me seeing this. #mufc
— Matt Fuller ?? (@mattfuller5) October 31, 2017
Lukaku should have taken both penalties. Could have two goals tonight heading to the Chelsea game. Bizarre that Blind took one. #mufc
— The Devils Details (@devil_detail) October 31, 2017
Feel really bad for Lukaku. The man has to play as a ST, CAM, LW & RW when playing for United. He gets no service #MUFC
— J ⚽ (@Pogballas) October 31, 2017
Was a strange one with the second penalty. Mourinho screaming on the side for Lukaku not to take it ? #MUFC
— Mathew Midgley (@MathewMidgley) October 31, 2017