United 3 Braga 2
Although Manchester United made it three wins out of three, in the Champions League, last night, there`s no denying they went about it the hard way.
Once again, United had t mount a comeback after going two goals down to a lively Braga side.
For the fixture Sir Alex Ferguson selected an attacking looking eleven with Rooney, Hernandez and Van Persie all selected and with Cleverley and Kagawa returning in midfield. Mindful of an impending clash with Chelsea this weekend, Sir Alex chose to rest Ferdinand and Evra with Buttner coming in at full back and Carrick playing alongside Evans at the heart of the defence.
Any hopes of keeping the opposition quiet and edging ahead ourselves were blown away as early as the second minute. Viana slung over a deep cross and when Buttner was beaten in the air by the Braga captain, Alan, the visitors were a goal to the good.
Any possible crisis deepened eighteen minutes later when the same player scored again, this time Alan, after watching Carrick being easily turned by Eder, scored with a first time shot.
But United did, thankfully respond reducing the arrears before half time when Hernandez got on the score-sheet after twenty-five minutes. The Mexican, making a rare start headed in at the far post after some excellent build up play by Van Persie and Kagawa.
At half time, Sir Alex made a tactical change bringing on Nani, to provide some width, at the expense of the unlucky Kagawa.
Just past the hour mark, sixty-two minutes to be precise, United were level when Evans scored form close range. The goal came after a corner from Van Persie had been helped on by Carrick and although Evans didn`t make any (or very little) contact with his first effort at a shot, he kept his calm to poke home the ball when it nestled adjacent to his feet.
The Old Trafford crowd was now sensing a winner and it came with fifteen minutes to go. Cleverley, out wide, delivered a beautiful cross and Hernandez rose superbly to head home his second goal of the night.
With nine points out of nine, United, barring a disaster, should easily make the knockout stages, but please can we put an end to this falling behind lark?