Marcos Rojo (knee), Marouane Fellaini (knee), Michael Carrick (illness) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee) are all unavailable, with Mourinho unable to offer any positive update regarding the quintet.
Appearing alongside Jose Mourinho in their pre-Benfica press conference, Bailly said: "Romelu is a great striker". The substitution was initially booed by the United faithful, but it turned out to be an absolute masterstroke, with the young Frenchman becoming the hero of the day by scoring the victor in the 81st minute - another big goal in a big game.
A section of United fans booed Mourinho's decision to bring off Rashford against Tottenham, but when substitute Martial eventually scored the victor, Mourinho proceeded to make a "shush" gesture toward the TV cameras.
The Special One got jeered for replacing local lad Marcus Rashford with Anthony Martial. Mourinho had stated he was "disappointed" by the reaction from fans and he remains faithful to his summer signing.
"I want to play", said the France global.
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"It's not one ball that hit the post or one save by the opposite goalkeeper that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level".
'Every player knows what Romelu is and he's playing well, he's scoring goals and the most important thing is that he carries on doing his job like a good centre-forward. So for me he is untouchable in my team and I think he should be untouchable in support from the fans.
Martial, 21, has started just three Premier League games under Mourinho.
Underlining the extent to which they have tended to take things in turns, the pair have found the net in the same game only once - in last month's 4-1 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup. "What you can't do is play with 12. Nobody here thinks about Chelsea". So we can repeat against Benfica or we can repeat against any other match.
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