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Paul Scholes Has a Dig at Romelu Lukaku as He Consoles Benfica Goalkeeper

Paul Scholes Has a Dig at Romelu Lukaku as He Consoles Benfica Goalkeeper

Paul Scholes couldn’t resist a dig at Romelu Lukaku as he consoled Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar tonight.

Manchester United might have got the 1-0 win in Portugal to take control of their Champions League group, but the story of the night concerned the home side’s 18-year-old goalkeeper.

At that age, the Belgian stopper is now the youngest ever goalie to play in the competition – beating Iker Casillas’ record set back in 2000.

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Considering his age, inexperience and United setting out to put him under severe pressure at corners, Svilar did well to keep the score to 1-0.

But he was also helped by a poor performance from Lukaku – something Scholes couldn’t resist having a pop at post-match on BT Sport.

Lukaku will get headlines for stopping to give Svilar some advice after the game, but Scholes joked that was the closest the Belgian striker got to his countryman all night:

Scholes is a savage.

Lukaku should rightly be praised for having a proper word with Svilar after a baptism of fire in the Champions League.

The Belgian goalie carried the ball over the line after catching a Marcus Rashford free-kick to give United their goal and would have been devastated with that being the decisive one on the night.

But he’s shown he’s got a lot of potential in the game and could well join Lukaku in the first team sooner rather than later.

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