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Manchester United stars were seen consoling Benfica’s 18- year old goalkeeper Mile Svilar after his blunder gifted the Red devils all three points during their Champions League Group A match in Portugal.

The Belgian became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history when he made his debut for the Primeira Liga outfit on Wednesday night.

In the 64th minute, Marcus Rashford’s free-kick caught the teenager off guard causing him to run backwards and catch the ball.
However, Svilar had carried the ball across his own goal line.

At full-time, the young goalkeeper went over to Benfica’s fans in the Stadium of Light and apologised.
Feeling for Svilar, Romelu Lukaku and a few of United’s stars went over to console the teenager.

Reds Legend, Roy Keane praised Manchester United ‘s stars for what he described as “lovely touches”.

“That was really nice to see after the game,” said Roy Keane on ITV. “Really sad [that it happened]. They were lovely touches.

“He’s a young lad, he’s learning his trade and unfortunately sometimes you have to learn the hard way by making big mistakes in big moments.

“But that was a lovely touch by the United lads – really nice to see.”

United’s striker Romelu Lukaku was seen putting an arm around Svilar after the match.
But former United’s midfielder Paul Scholes couldn’t resist a wry comment about Lukaku’s recent form.

Following on from the Belgian forward’s disappointing performance in the goalless draw with Liverpool last weekend, he struggled again in Lisbon.

And after seeing the footage of Lukaku consoling his compatriot, BT Sport pundit Scholes said.

“That’s probably the closest Lukaku got to him all night to be fair.

“Lukaku is a nice lad, he’s probably just given him some encouragement. Hopefully he can bounce back.”

Fellow pundit Steven Gerrard was critical of Benfica manager Rui Vitoria for even picking Svilar, saying: “The mistakes will overshadow all the good bits he did out there.

Everyone will be talking about this mistake but it’s about the manager.

“The manager has stitched him up when he’s not ready for Champions League football.”

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