Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/22/11
While the Portuguese giants are not one of the favourites for this season's Champions League, they do have a rich history in the competition. Winners twice, Benfica were also beaten finalists in 1968 when United became the first English team to lift the European Cup. Two years earlier, George Best had set the world alight with a mesmeric performance against the Eagles at the Stadium of Light as the Red Devils ran riot, earning the nickname 'El Beatle'. "We will try to do justice to the memory of Sir Matt's tussles with Benfica in the old days because people of vision are rare," Ferguson told United Review. "I always felt Jock Stein knew what was needed for football, and so did Sir Matt. I just hope I measure up in that way." Ferguson's own legacy is set after an incredible 25 years in the Old Trafford hotseat. However, he can never be challenged in the way Busby was, when the Scot openly defied the Football League in 1956 by sending United into European combat. "The memories of many...
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