Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo Travel to Benfica, but Omitted From Team

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Convalescing defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo were a part of the Manchester United team that traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for the club’s UEFA Champions League group stage clash at Benfica.

This naturally invited speculation that either or both could feature, but alas that is not to be. Neither Luke Shaw nor Marcos Rojo were named to the team sheet for the game Wednesday night. Here’s the starting XI and available subs as tweeted out by the official Man Utd account just moments ago:

Antonio Valencia captains tonight, leading a back line with Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind. The midfield and attack is pretty much as expected, so no surprises there. United Manager Jose Mourinho did tell the club website that Rojo was taken along on the trip so that he could train along side the rest of the team.

He also said that Rojo will return in two weeks time.

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