Manchester United will look to keep its perfect record in the Champions League intact as it faces off with Sporting Braga in Old Trafford on Tuesday.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, unhappy with his club's slow starts to this point, will be sure to not take the rising Portuguese club for granted in this matchup. Braga, after suffering an upset at home to CFR Cluj-Napoca in their first UCL match, surprised everybody when they beat Galatasaray on the road.
Manchester United will look to avoid a similar fate when Braga comes into their building.
While it doesn't appear to be too great of a challenge, United has almost learned the hard way a few times this year that no club should be overlooked.
Where: Old Trafford, England
When: Tuesday, October 23, 2:45 p.m. EST
TV/Live Stream: FoxSoccer2Go.com
Manchester United: Get Up Early
United has had little trouble scoring at home this season; they have netted 16 goals in six matches in ECL and UCL play.
Their issue has been allowing early goals.
They allowed CFR Cluj-Napoca to jump to an early lead before Robin Van Persie came to the rescue and secured Man U's second Champions League victory of the season.
In their most recent Premier League match against Stoke City, United showed that they have not yet been able to correct their backfield trouble when star striker Wayne Rooney netted an own goal ten minutes into the tie.
While United have uncharacteristically trailed early in matches, they have shown a propensity for scoring and winning. Robin Van Persie claims that his burgeoning chemistry with Rooney will soon result in more goals for the club.
United has no shortage of talent, and if they can put an early tally up, they should never have to look back.
Sporting Braga: Can They Do It Again?
Braga has shown that they are not slouches.
They traveled to Turkey and did not allow Galatasaray to score a goal. Make no mistake, they will face a much tougher test when they play Manchester United, but if they can hold off the initial United attack and manage to score a goal of their own, they have a chance to draw or even win.
Braga's main issue heading into this match is that they do not have the same caliber talent as Manchester United.
If they are to defeat United in Old Trafford, they will need the whole club to play to near perfection.
Eder is the only forward for Braga with multiple goals. More distressing for the Portuguese team is the fact that not a single member of them team has a recorded assist.
Braga will need to play a more complimentary game if they are to stick with Manchester United.
Sporting Braga has shown that it is capable of showing up in the big spots, particularly on the road.
While they may not be intimidated by Old Trafford, they will simply be no match for the talent that Manchester United has to offer. Sir Alex Ferguson is tired of his team giving up early leads.
He will see that United goes up early and stays there.
Manchester United 4, Braga 0