Manchester United vs. Braga: Score, Analysis, Grades and More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal to make the score 3-2 during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and SC Braga at Old Trafford on October 23, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Manchester United found itself in an early 2-0 hole in its Champions League battle with Braga, but they battled back, seized control and prevailed 3-2. 

With the win, the Red Devils are now a perfect 3-0-0 in Champions League play, while Braga now has just three points from three matches. 

Alan, who had a brilliant match for Braga, netted two goals in the match's first 20 minutes to get everyone thinking upset, but Javier Hernández netted a goal in the 25th minute to send this one into halftime at 2-1.

In the second, Manchester went away from the diamond by putting Wayne Rooney on the left wing, Nani on the right and Robin Van Persie and Chicharito up top, and the switch paid dividends. The Red Devils were more aggressive in the second half, and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. 

Jonathan Evans scored in the 62nd minute and Chicharito had his second in the 75th minute. 

Despite the poor start, it was a solid day for the Red Devils as they continue to find their true potential since the arrival of van Persie. 



Robin van Persie: B

Van Persie could not manage to make his mark on this match. It was not for a lack of effort. He was very active, especially in the second half as Man U switched up its attack. 

While he didn't manage to get a goal in his 50th Champions League contest, he did what he could to turn up the pressure and keep the ball moving. 


Wayne Rooney: B

Much like van Persie, Rooney was more of a table setter and a decoy in this one, but he did that job wonderfully. 

Rooney was all over the pitch as he is really proving to be a jack of all trades in this new look attack. He is working well with RvP and aggressiveness was the backbone of this squad. 


Javier Hernandez: A

What can you say about Chicharito in this one? He rescued his team from a near disaster. 

He was quicker and more nimble than his opponent and scored two goals for his effort. While his goals were the product of aggressive team play and RvP's and Rooney's ability to push the ball up, he did an amazing job of finding the open space in the penalty area all match, and he converted when he the opportunities. 

Alan: A

With the star power of Man U roaming the pitch, it was Alan who was the best player in this match.

The 33-year-old hung two scores in the match's first 20 minutes, and he played fantastically all match, which included some nice defensive play. Unfortunately, his side couldn't hold onto the lead he gave them, but it was not for a lack of effort from Alan. 


Beto: B

The Braga goal keep had a fine match. Sure, he allowed three goals, but he had a few nice saves. 

He was under fairly constant pressure in the second half of this one. Man U wound up taking 12 shots, seven of which were on target, and Beto did what he could to keep those shots out of the net.