Nemanja Matic reveals how Jose Mourinho turned Benfica game around

Kristopher Nichols
October 19, 2017

Countryman Romelu Lukaku, scorer of 11 goals in as many United games before Wednesday's fixture, was named in Joe Mourinho's line-up.

But the French outfit, who tried to land him before he went to United in 2016, will try again.

This victory, although not very convincing, was important psychologically, since before that Benfica had drawn with Maritim 1: 1, and also lost to Basel in the Champions League with a score of 5: 0.

"I think it's one of those things as a professional player now that you have to be able to play in different positions and be versatile", he added.

"Within that context, I think that one point away against the strongest of the three teams with us in the group is a positive result".

You sense that the 54-year-old, now in the early stages of his second season in charge, is not thinking about leaving the club or extending his time here either.

Manchester United were 3-0 winners against Swiss outfit Basel at Old Trafford before a 4-1 victory at CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation.

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The 29-year old Matic was sold to Benfica by Chelsea in 2011 and after he was bought back by the West London side three years later, he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.

"The only thing that I told is true and there was not a misinterpretation of my words was I am not going to end my career at Manchester United".

"I think I am going to be here 15 years minimum here in football, in the job, and I think it's impossible to stay 17 years in the same club".

"I think (Arsene) Wenger is the last one. We are in October 2017 so I don't know what to say", he continued.

"I think it is impossible to last for so long".

"If, in this moment, I want to finish in two, three, four or five years, I would say yes, my ambition would be to end my career at Manchester United". How is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club?

"I think it's the impossible mission, even if you want, even if you try".

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