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Jose Mourinho: 'A draw would be positive'

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that a draw against Benfica in the Champions League would be "a positive result".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that taking a point away at Benfica in the Champions League tomorrow night would be "a positive result".

The Premier League side are currently top of Group A, having won their first two matches against Basel and CSKA Moscow.

Benfica, meanwhile, have lost their first two games against those same two sides, but Mourinho thinks that the Portuguese outfit are the "strongest" of their three group opponents.

"Our goal is to qualify," Mourinho replied when asked at a press conference if a draw in Lisbon would be a decent result. "If we are able to qualify before the last match, the goal becomes finishing first. Currently our sole objective is to qualify.

"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. But it's a match we want to try and win."

Mourinho went on to suggest that reporters could probably guess his starting XI as "our options are so few".

"I will not tell you the team - first because the players don't know yet," he added. "Second, with so many injuries that should be something you can [predict] with a guarantee of success because our options are so few."

After the trip to Benfica, Mourinho then takes his side to Huddersfield Town in the league on Saturday afternoon.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Everton35129144054-1445
9Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34118153543-841
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525
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