Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Braga 1 United 3

Braga 1 United 3

On a night of drama, in Portugal, Manchester United secured their passage to the Champions League knockout stages.

Four wins out of four have put United in an unassailable position and with two games remaining Sir Alex Ferguson will be bale to rotate his squad.

But, as always seems to be the case these days, United didn`t make it easy for themselves going a goal behind to the Portuguese side.

For the fixture, Sir Alex was able to call upon the services of Chris Smalling as he made six changes to the side that beat Arsenal at the weekend with two of the squad celebrating birthdays, De Gea being 22 and Ferdinand being 34.

Braga: Beto, Leandro Salino, Nuno Andre, Douglao, Elderson, Custodio, Hugo Viana, Alan, Ruben Micael, Ruben Amorim, Eder.

Subs: Quim, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Baiano, Ismaily, Djamal, Ze Luis.

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Subs: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Carrick, Young, van Persie, Cleverley.

Braga, who raced into a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford, had the better of the first half and could have opened the scoring early on when opportunities came their way. First Micael saw along range shot skid wide of the post before, midway through the half, a cross from Viana saw Eder`s diving header cannon to safety off of the post.

United, appeared to be prepared to offer a laid back approach and made very few, serious, forays into the Braga are. The only effort I can recall saw a header from Evans, from a Valencia cross, easily saved by the Braga keeper.

Three minutes into the second half, United`s lax approach saw them fall behind when Evans halted a Custodio run into the box by fouling him. Alan, who`d scored twice at Old Trafford, stepped forward and scored with some aplomb.

United`s response saw Nani`s shot deflected wide before darkness engulfed the arena when the floodlights failed. Ten minutes later, with power restored, the game got back underway and it seemed as if United had received the hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex as they emerged all guns blazing.

Ferdinand, during the unplanned break, had replaced Evans and Van Persie was to be introduced shortly after, as United looked to shore up the defence and get back onto level terms.

But the equalizer wasn`t to come until the 80th minute when Giggs played van Persie through and the Braga keeper raced off his line to intercept only for van Persie to curl a great shot around him and into the net.

Five minutes later, United were in front when Rooney was upended in the penalty are by Coelho. Rooney elected to take the spot-kick and duly smashed it into the top of the net. But there was still more to come from United with Hernandez, in stoppage time, adding a third when he collected a pass from Rooney, rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Group H done and dusted with two games to go, it doesn`t get much better than that.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Thursday November 8 2012
Time: 4:53PM

Comments

0
Braga did well and deserved a draw to be honest. We were far from great throughout the game but walked away with the win which is a nice change at the start of the season. Seeing as par last season normally we're very slow starters. Looking forward to seeing us crank it up a gear come the new year.
TheFamousNo7
09/11/2012 18:37:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Norwich (a) - The Men In Charge Are?

Read on and find out!

Norwich (a) - Stat Attack

Some weird, wonderful and strange facts for you to mull over.

United Interested in Young Polish Keeper

But so are Glasgow Rangers!

City Let Themselves Down!

And it could affect Manchester United.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich City v Manchester United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Norwich to Win!25%
United to Win!50%
A Draw!25%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 10 2016 7:45PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2016 5:30PM : Crystal Palace (a)
FA Cup

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Cathal P Forde1