Lukaku consoles Svilar after howler hands United win

Young Benfica keeper Mile Svilar had a night to forget on his Champions League debut Wednesday as his howler handed Manchester United a 1-0 win.

The 18-year old Belgian stopper made history as he became the Champions League’s youngest ever goalkeeper at 18 years and 52 days, surpassing Iker Casillas’ record.

But he also cost his team the game as his overconfidence saw him exposed by Marcus Rashford’s 64th-minute free-kick.

Svilar took up a position near the six-yard box, and when Rashford swung in the free kick it sailed over his head. He scrambled back to catch it, but carried the ball well over the goalline as he stepped backwards.

Did Rashford mean it? Only he will know.

Still, the error cost Benfica the game and left the young keeper distraught at the final whistle.

Thankfully, instead of gloating United players Romelu Lukaku and David de Gea consoled the young keeper.

What we didn’t know was that it was all part of a Jose Mourinho masterplan, as the special one later explained.

“I knew how good he was and I told the players how good he was,” Mourinho told TV cameras after the game. “But we had stats and information about set pieces, so we needed to make him uncomfortable.

“So at corners we tried to crowd him and put him under pressure, and from free-kicks we knew he risks a lot. A lot.

“Only top keepers risk like he does. We got lucky.”

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