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Manchester United travels to Portugal to face a Braga team that is fighting for a spot in the next round of the Champions League.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson should be more than pleased with his club's recent performances against both league opponents as well as those in the Champions League.
Manchester United has won all of their games so far in this year's Champions League, and they will be counting on continuing their strong, possessive play while also being efficient in the offensive third of the field.
Ferguson will ready his team's defensive focus against Braga, given the English club conceding two early goals when the pair met during their first match two weeks ago.
To make Manchester United's task a bit more ominous is the fact that Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes were not expected to play and have not made the trip to Portugal. Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic are also still recovering from injury.
With United's understanding that they only need one point from their remaining three games in order to qualify for the next round of the tournament, Ferguson will expectedly look to secure his team a spot sooner, rather than later.
While many regular starters normally would have been rested for this particular contest, Ferguson may be looking to make sure his team qualifies first from the group, given that United suffered an embarrassing early exit in the group stage in last year's Champions League.
Braga manager Jose Peseiro must be feeling confident despite losing to United at Old Trafford; his team was aggressive and managed to force Manchester to play from behind.
Braga has been playing well as of late, winning their two Portuguese league matches, which put them in third in the league standings.
The club also is currently third in Group H of the Champions League and Braga must come away with points if they are have any chance of advancing to the next round.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.