Alan Pardew feels Benfica clash is a case of "Mission Possible"
It's a well known fact that football managers sometimes use media criticism to aid them in their team talk.
Down the years managers have pinned up paper cuttings in the dressing room and sometimes left their team talk at just that.
And for Alan Pardew here in Lisbon, he must have been rubbing his hands when Portuguese newspaper Record ran with a headline reading "Mission Impossible" when referring to United's chances of victory against Benfica.
The subject was raised in Pardew's Press conference today when he suggested the local papers had been "bullish" in their assessment of Benfica's chances.
The Portuguese papers were at it again today when one front page boasted: "On route to Amsterdam" when discussing how getting past United would be another step on the road to the final showpiece next month.
Pardew though was in confident mood at today's Press conference and clearly feels that Benfica won't offer as big a test as Manchester City, despite their dominance of the top flight here.
When asked whether Benfica would cut it in the Prem, Pardew said the would finish between eighth and 10th.
On current form that makes them either a West Brom, Swansea or a Fulham!
Regardless of Benfica's fantastic form and illustrious history, Pardew is clearly trying to keep their threat in context.