Man Utd vs Braga: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score
Manchester United welcome Portuguese side Braga to Old Trafford this evening. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-up and predicted score for the game
Manchester United welcome Portuguese side Braga to Old Trafford this evening, as Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to guide his team to there third Champions League win of the season.
United are currently sitting top of the Group H with six points, whilst their opponents tonight are currently in 2nd on 3 points.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he misjudged the competition last year as the English side crashed out at the group stages along with rivals Manchester City, so fans should expect the home side to field a strong team.
Braga have began the competition with one win and one loss, they will no doubt be searching for a draw in this game as they could slip down to third if CFR Cluj beat Turkish side Galatasaray, who are yet to pick up a point.
Manchester United are likely to field a fairly strong side, although Sir Alex Ferguson will have one eye on the clash against Chelsea this weekend. The home side will no doubt rest key individuals such as Evra and Ferdinand, whilst Robin van Persie could make way for either Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez, who hasn’t racked up many appearances this season.
With United putting their faith in goalkeeper David De Gea in the last two Champions League matches, Anders Lindegaard may be given the nod tonight. Ashley Young could feature having recovered from his recent knee injury, but United will still be without Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in defence.
Braga will be ready to field a full squad ahead of the clash with joint top scorer Alan no doubt in the starting eleven.
United will find things nervy as the game starts, the addition of Darren Fletcher in defence will no doubt take some getting used to with Ferdinand set to be rested. United will settle into the game and the likes of Young, Nani and Rooney will no doubt be looking to get on the score-sheet. Braga are a side who can pass the ball and if United are tired come the second half, the Portugese side could grab a goal.
Prediction: United 3 – 1 Braga
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