Manchester United has an opportunity to open its Champions League campaign with three straight wins on Tuesday when the Premier League club hosts Braga at Old Trafford.
United was a bit fortunate to defeat CFR Cluj-Napoca 2-1 on Matchday 2, but its match versus Braga will not be an easy one.
This Braga squad will not allow the intimidating atmosphere at Old Trafford to negatively affect it, and if United is to take another three points, it must not make mistakes defensively.
The Portuguese club has plenty of attacking depth, and will have no problems playing an exciting, open game at Old Trafford against a high-scoring club such as United.
After a defeat to Tottenham on Sept. 29, United has won three straight matches by outscoring opponents 9-3.
The Red Devils defeated Stoke City 4-2 on Saturday in a performance that illustrated how dangerous their attack can be.
United is in form at the moment, and is playing an inferior opponent that has very little experience in Champions League football, especially at intimidating venues such as Old Trafford. It would be quite surprising if Braga earned any points from this match, despite its attacking strength.
It's important that United does not look ahead of Braga and think too much about its back-to-back matches versus Chelsea next week (Premier League on Oct. 28, Capital One Cup on Oct. 31). However, for an experienced club, this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Now let's look at the television information for Tuesday's match in Manchester.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox Soccer, ITV
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England