Manchester United might have got the 1-0 win in Portugal to take control of their Champions League group, but the story of the night concerned the home side's 18-year-old goalkeeper.
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"Not that I read it a lot, but sometimes when I read the press, not only English but Portuguese, I feel that sometimes defending properly is seen as a crime but it is not".
"We are in October, we have November, December and half of October to play, so why should I speak about the market".
"I never felt we could concede a goal and were solid defensively", he told BT Sport.
United are on the second spot on the log with 20 points and will target victory in the tie as they are behind Manchester City who boast of 22 points. The incredible defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game.
Romelu Lukaku, the club's only out-and-out striker, made a dream start to his United career by scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games.
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Injuries to Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick have blunted United but its defense has held firm.
"Luke is working", is all the 54-year-old said.
At that age, the Belgian stopper is now the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the competition - beating Iker Casillas' record set back in 2000.
"You've just come back from the worldwide break and it's Liverpool away - the one game you don't want to lose all season - it's a 12:30 kick off and then you've got Benfica midweek, so you've got more travelling to do".
"We put men around him on corners so he can not come out", Mourinho said.
But at least he can rely on United's rock-solid rearguard.