By 90Min
November 03, 2017

Benfica's star goalkeeper Mile Svilar has revealed his special relationship with Nemanja Matic with the Manchester United man influencing his career decisions. 

The pair clashed on Tuesday when the two sides met in the Champions League and with Manchester United winning 2-0 Benfica are all but out of the competition as they sit at the bottom of the group with zero points. 

To make things worse Svilar conceded a Matic shot when the midfielder's shot cannoned off the post and back off the keeper into the back of the net resulting in an own goal for the 18-year-old. 

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That unfortunate goal will not damage their relationship however with Benfica's official website reporting that Svilar - who has Serbian roots - revealed that he spoke to Matic about joining Benfica before making the switch in the summer.

He said: "I had some information from him [Matic]. He played there, and told me how big the club is."

Svilar has been impressive for the side so far this season becoming the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history at 18 years and 52 days old as well as becoming the youngest to save a penalty in the competition after he denied Anthony Martial's spot kick. 


Jose Mourinho has also taken notice of the youngster's talent and while some silly errors have lead to him conceding goals he is already being tipped to be one of the world's next best goalkeepers and if he continues improving he may well join Matic at United in the future.


Benfica will now have to beat both CSKA Moscow and Basel in their remaining two games if they wish to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 meanwhile Manchester United are currently six points clear at the top of the table and should finish in the top spot. 

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