Simao looking to win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Simao Sabrosa says Benfica are aiming to beat Manchester United next month.
Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa says his side are aiming to dump Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League for a second straight season.
The Portuguese giants shocked The Red Devils on the final match day of last season's Champions League group stage, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men were dumped out of Europe altogether following a 2-1 defeat at Estadio da Luz last December.
Defeats to FC Copenhagen and Celtic on Tuesday have now left the Old Trafford club in need of a result at home to Benfica in order to avoid another costly Champions League exit.
With the final Group F matches taking place early next month, Portugal international Simao believes Benfica can claim the three points they need to advance to the knockout stages.
"We're going to Manchester to win," Simao told The Sun. "Benfica always play to win.
"Nothing is impossible after what we did last year in the Champions League."
Benfica defender Leo echoed Simao's sentiments by stating that their destiny is in their own hands.
"The possibility exists to qualify, so it all depends on us," Leo said in the Daily Mirror.
"We will work hard to qualify, so why can't we achieve that? We have to believe.
"It will need a strong and fighting Benfica, but both teams will have to go for the win - so everything is open."