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Wednesday, 7th November, 2:45 p.m. ET at Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal
Manchester United come into this Champions League fixture after one of their biggest weeks in memory, including a 5-4 loss in the Capital One Cup as well as wins over league rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in the EPL.
Thus, traveling to Portugal to take on Sporting Braga must seem like a very different fixture altogether, which it most certainly is for the Red Devils. They'll likely name a vastly different squad to what they showed against Arsenal, but will the result be any different for Sir Alex Ferguson's men?
Braga took a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford against United two weeks back but were ultimately run down by the class and skill of Javier Hernandez and the Red Devils attack. They would have been devastated at the loss and throwing away a golden opportunity but will take heart in knowing that they can score and potentially even beat United on their home ground.
A win would make it four straight for the Premier League giants in the tournament this year—a far cry from last year, when they were sensationally eliminated in the group stages. You get the feeling that this United is much stronger and much more focused than they have been in previous years, and the results are flowing because of it.
In light of that, it's hard to see United failing to come away from Portugal with at least a draw, if not a win, considering the talent they have on hand at the moment.
Braga will put up a fight and could well take the lead on United once more, but Ferguson simply knows how to get results from matches—regardless of how his team is playing. A late winner for Manchester United will seal victory in this one.
Sporting Braga 1, Manchester United 2
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