SC Braga v/s Manchester United
Manchester United take on SC Braga on match day four of the UEFA Champions League on the 7 th of November in Portugal, knowing a win or even a draw, if other results go their way, would secure their passage into the next stage of the competition. But Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager will know that the Portuguese club are not to be taken lightly, after their demonstration just a couple of weeks back at Old Trafford.
And in spite of their more than decent record against Portuguese sides in the competition, the great elder of Manchester will surely remember the luck that United suffered against Braga’s fellow Portuguese side Benfica, when they were knocked out of the competition in the first round itself.
However, The Red Devils are flying high in the Premier League with four consecutive victories, with their last two coming against direct rivals for the title – Chelsea away and Arsenal at home. Although the team were not convincing in either of the victories, they did just enough to squeeze out the results.
Moreover, it is a well known fact that United do not hit top gear before the Christmas period and as a result, Sir Alex will be quite happy to see his side squeeze out another result against the Portuguese side.
Meanwhile, Braga is also doing all they can do with limited resources at home to keep pace with Porto and Benfica and although it can be said that they won’t be challenging for the title come the end of the season, it can also be ascertained that they are a good enough side to cause an upset or two in Europe and Manchester United need to be aware of their star striker Alan, who demonstrated how deadly he can be with two goals in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
United came back from 2-0 down to win the match but were far from convincing and Ferguson is bound to make some changes and opt for the familiar 4-4-2 system instead of the diamond that has served him more or less fine in the weeks before the Chelsea game. The game against the London side demonstrated just how adept United are at using the width of the pitch to their advantage knowing Braga’s weakness in dealing with balls from the flank, Sir Alex is bound to use the preferred system to get the desired result.