VIDEO: Manchester United target scores to help knock out Spurs despite late rally

Ezequiel Garay for Benfica

Former Read Madrid defender scores the first goal in a 2-2 draw in the Europa League in Portugal, with a solid performance to boot.

For 75 minutes of Benfica's home Europa League game versus Tottenham, Ezeqiuel Garay looked the perfect Manchester United replacement for Nemanja Vidic.

Big, powerful, positionally astute, and dominant in the air - both offensively and defensively, Garay impressed against a toothless Tottenham team.

As the most mobile of the two Benfica central defenders, Garay did well against the speedy Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend.

The Argentine also scored a bullet header following a great late run into the Spurs box, and at that point, it looked to be the final nail in the coffin for Tottenham's Europa League affair.

As it turned out, a rousing last few minutes saw Spurs surge back into the contest, scoring twice through Nacer Chadli and taking the tie to the brink of extra time before Lima's late penalty.

With Vidic and Ferdinand seemingly at the end of their United careers, David Moyes could do little  better than making Garay a prime defensive target.

The Argentine has an impressive 7 goals in 34 games for Benfica, and is likely to turn out for Argentina in Brazil this summer. 

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