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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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2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
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9Watford84131112-113
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11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132
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6Bournemouth85121612416
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8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132
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