MANCHESTER — Manchester United’s determination to avoid last season’s mistakes, a winning start this term and their unbeaten home record against Portuguese teams are good signs ahead of Braga’s Champions League visit tonight.
Although Braga are unbeaten in their last five games against English sides, United look to have too much in attack, especially with Wayne Rooney rediscovering his scoring form after a slow start to the season.
United go into the match top of Group H with six points after wins over Galatasaray and CFR Cluj, in stark contrast to the sluggish start they made to last season’s competition when they drew their opening two games and eventually failed to make it out of the group stage.
Braga lost at home to Cluj in their opening match before bouncing back with a win at Galatasaray to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds, but they will do well to leave Old Trafford with a point.
Dutch striker Robin van Persie has scored five Champions League goals in his last five matches for Arsenal and United and was also on target against Stoke on Saturday.
“We keep starting badly,” Ferguson said after the Stoke game. “There have been early goals against Fulham, Tottenham and now today (Sunday). We keep giving ourselves uphill fights. We can’t afford that on Tuesday (today).” — Supersport