Man United told to forget about signing 18-year-old record breaker

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira rules out Mile Svilar leaving the club amid talk of interest from Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has told Manchester United to forget about signing Mile Svilar.

The Red Devils came up against Benfica in the Champions League group stage in Portugal and England over the past month.

Svilar became the competition’s youngest-ever goalkeeper when he made his Champions League debut at the age of 18 years and 52 days in Lisbon last month.

The teenager made a mistake to allow Marcus Rashford to score a second-half winner and help Manchester United record a 1-0 win in Portugal.

The Benfica shot stopper was unfortunate to concede at Old Trafford when Nemanja Matic’s shot hit the woodwork and rebounded into the net off Svilar.

However, the teenage goalkeeper impressed during the Champions League clash as he limited the Premier League title contenders to one goal.

According to a report earlier this week, Mourinho has earmarked Svilar as a potential signing and Sir Bobby Charlton asked Benfica about their Belgium Under-19 international.

But Benfica president Vieira has told Manchester United and other potential suitors to forget about signing the promising goalkeeper.

“We have followed him since he was 15,” Vieira told BTV. “We’ve already had an offer for him, four times what we paid and where we would keep him for another two years.

“It’s important to note, Svilar is 18 and only focused on Benfica. He won’t leave.”

Manchester United have one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the shape of David De Gea.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table.

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