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Cool, calm Braga gun for United

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 20.19CET
"If we are cool and calm, we can beat them," said José Peseiro as SC Braga bid to slow Manchester United FC's Group H progress, with Sir Alex Ferguson after a win in Portugal.
by Carlos Santos
from Braga

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Tournament statistics

BragaMan. United

Goals scored7
 
11
on target57
 
71
off target42
 
46
Corners26
 
55
Offsides15
 
27
Fouls committed92
 
92
Yellow cards12
 
12
Red Cards1
 
1
 
Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 20.19CET

Cool, calm Braga gun for United

"If we are cool and calm, we can beat them," said José Peseiro as SC Braga bid to slow Manchester United FC's Group H progress, with Sir Alex Ferguson after a win in Portugal.

José Peseiro feels SC Braga have no reason to be overawed as they look to hamper Manchester United FC's progress to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with plenty of encouragement to be taken from matchday three's 3-2 Group H defeat at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, fancies United's chances of another victory in Portugal.

We need to have some possession but must not attack too hard. It's not even worth thinking that we can crush United.
José Peseiro
Real and Barcelona are the main contenders, and Borussia's also one of them. I hope we can be together with them as well.
Sir Alex Ferguson

Braga
José Peseiro, coach
If you are going to win against Manchester United you have to be focused. We need to have some possession but must not attack too hard. It's not even worth thinking that we can crush United. We showed we could cause them some problems in the first game. The way we switch from defence to attack is very important, but the most important thing is to be consistent.

Even if they change their lineup, their team is top quality because they have more than one good player in every position. If they win tomorrow, they'll qualify for the next phase, so we know what's in their minds. This match will be more difficult than the first one. I want my team to attack, but we can't allow ourselves to get downhearted. If we are cool and calm, we can beat them.

Weekend result
Saturday: Braga 3-1 Gil Vicente FC (Zé Luís 17, Alan 64pen, Viana 88; Yero 55)

Beto; Baiano, Nuno André Coelho, Dougão, Elderson; Custódio, Viana, Mossoró (Micael 54), Barbosa (Amorim 54); Zé Luís (Éder 86), Alan.

• Zé Luís scored his first goal for Braga as the Arsenalistas gained the local bragging rights at the expense of their Minho rivals. 

Team news
Douglão (thigh) returned to action at the weekend having missed Braga's last three matches. Paulo Vinícius and Paulo César are both unavailable with thigh injuries.

United
Sir Alex Ferguson, manager
If we win, we're through to the next phase and that's the most important part. Braga have a good record at home, but I think we can get the win.

The Champions League is the most powerful league – it has the better clubs from each country. The teams are much stronger this year. The most important thing is to go through. In order to win the Champions League we have to play at a really high level. Real and Barcelona are the main contenders, and Borussia's also one of them. I hope we can be together with them as well.

Weekend result
Saturday: United 2-1 Arsenal FC (Van Persie 3, Evra 67; Cazorla 90+5)
De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Cleverley (Anderson 61), Carrick; Valencia (Nani 82), Rooney, Young; Van Persie.

• Wayne Rooney missed a first-half penalty against Arsenal, United's fourth failure in six attempts this season. Nani, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernández have also failed to convert from the spot.

Team news
Chris Smalling, yet to play this term because of a foot surgery, has travelled to Portugal, but Shinji Kagawa is sidelined with a knee injury sustained on matchday three. Nemanja Vidić and Phil Jones, also knee, continue to be unavailable.

Match fact
United's record in Portugal is W5 D2 L4. They are unbeaten in four visits dating back to December 2005 and a 2-1 loss at SL Benfica.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.50CET

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