Romelu Lukaku is 'untouchable', says Jose Mourinho

For United to book their place in the last-16, they will need to beat Benfica and hope CSKA Moscow fail to beat Basel. The centre-forward created his second assist in two league games, for Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor, and Mourinho also pointed to how the player was hard for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to deal with.

"The statistics are what they are but Basel have had good results against CSKA and Benfica, a draw is not bad, but Benfica will give us a hard match".

The Portuguese club enters Tuesday after losing 1-0 to Manchester United two weeks ago.

"After four years, the club isn't in a position to determine how they win the league or have a challenge for the league".

Mourinho rejected the suggestion that Lukaku can be a quiet presence when he is not scoring goals, arguing that the striker gave Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier a tough time on Saturday.

United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham have all started well in their Champions League campaigns, and Bailly believes it is a sign of the Premier League's resurgence in the competition after failing to produce a victor since Chelsea's triumph in 2012.

It took a spectacular one-handed save from David de Gea to prevent Diogo Goncalves putting Benfica ahead with a swerving 25-yard effort.

File: Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. But he was still left looking towards the heavens wondering what he has done to deserve such rotten luck when Nemanja Matic's shot thumped the post before ricocheting off his backside and into the net.

The Armenian was unable to add much zip to the home side's play, however, and Benfica threatened to equalise on several occasions.

Blind soothed Old Trafford's nerves with 12 minutes remaining by drilling a penalty down the middle of the goal after Andreas Samaris was penalised for felling United substitute Rashford.

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