Manchester United sent their scouts to monitor Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting between Benfica and CSKA Moscow at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
According to the official clubs, scouts and intermediaries list sighted by allnigeriasoccer.com, the Red Devils representatives were at the stadium to run the rule over the players on both teams ahead of their Champions League games against CSKA Moscow (September 27) and Benfica (October 18).
Aaron Samuel, who has international experience under his belt for the Super Eagles, was included in the Muscovites starting line-up.
And the physical striker gave a good account of himself before making way for Zhamaletdinov in the 67th minute.
English Premier League teams Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Watford, Brighton & Hove and West Brom had scouts in the stadium to check on the progress of CSKA and Benfica players.
AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Sociedad, Eibar, Tondela, Valencia, Villarreal, Wolfsburg, Sevilla talent spotters were also in attendance.
CSKA Moscow claimed an impressive 2-1 win over the Portuguese setup, thanks to goals from Vitinho and Zhamaletdinov.