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Played
November 7, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Estádio AXA — Braga
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 15388‎
 
49′ (PG) Alan
 
Wayne Rooney 84′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Braga 1-3 Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson's men pull off another remarkable comeback after a fine finish from Robin van Persie and some terrible Braga defending despite being outplayed for long periods

By Liam Twomey

  • Beto
    2
    6
    1.00

    Beto Flop of the Match

    Rarely tested by an unusually toothless United attack in the first half. Made an incomprehensible decision to rush out for Van Persie's equaliser, and that moment turned the match.

  • Nuno Coelho
    1
    3
    1.50

    Nuno Coelho

    Did not show the same sense of adventure as Salino on the opposite flank, but United's narrow formation ensured his problems early on were limited. Put under pressure in the second half, however, he buckled, bringing Rooney down for United's penalty.

  • Uwa Elderson Echiejile
    1
    5
    2.50

    Uwa Elderson Echiejile

    Nothing to do in the first half, but lost Van Persie too easily for United's equaliser, and his lack of composure was exposed under pressure.

  • Douglão
    0
    3
    2.50

    Douglão

    Handled Chicharito and Welbeck fairly comfortably, but Van Persie proved a step too far.

  • Ruben Amorim
    0
    3
    2.50

    Ruben Amorim

    Dangerous on the left flank, exploiting Valencia's desire to get forward and swinging in several dangerous crosses.

  • Rubén Micael
    1
    2
    3.00

    Rubén Micael

    Curled a decent early strike not far shy of the top corner in the first half, and combined well with Eder and Alan.

  • Leandro Salino
    1
    3
    3.00

    Leandro Salino

    Bombed forward regularly to create two-on-one situations with Alan against Evra, and United's midfield diamond meant he had no direct opponent defensively.

  • Custodio
    0
    3
    2.50

    Custodio

    Tidy in the centre and craftily engineered a collision with Evans which earned his team a penalty and the opening goal.

  • Hugo Viana
    2
    3
    3.00

    Hugo Viana

    Neatly linked play in the centre of midfield, using his experience to pick an intelligent and progressive pass.

  • Éder
    2
    2
    3.50

    Éder

    His movement up front proved difficult for Evans and Smalling to handle, and he was unlucky to see his first-half header hit the post.

  • Alan
    5
    4
    3.50

    Alan Top of the Match

    A constant menace on the right with his physicality and trickery, and put away his penalty emphatically.

Substitutions

  • Mossóro
    0
    2

    Mossóro

    Replaced Viana with less than five minutes left.

  • Hélder Barbosa
    0
    1

    Hélder Barbosa

    Came on for Helder Barbosa under five minutes from the end.

  • Zé Luís
    0
    1

    Zé Luís

    Came on in injury time as his side buckled.

  • David de Gea
    30
    1
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Made some decent saves whenever he was called upon, and could do nothing about Alan's drilled penalty.

  • Patrice Evra
    19
    8
    2.00

    Patrice Evra

    Troubled by Alan and Leandro Salino all night. Still does not look his old, defensively composed self.

  • Jonny Evans
    10
    14
    1.50

    Jonny Evans

    Never looked sure of himself up against Eder spearheading a fluid Braga attack and, although there was little he could do to avert the collision with Custodio which led to the penalty, his manager was more than justified in taking him off for Ferdinand on the hour.

  • Chris Smalling
    23
    4
    2.00

    Chris Smalling

    This was his first appearance of the season, and it showed. A very promising talent, but looked a step slower than most and needs more game time to regain his best form.

  • Antonio Valencia
    26
    3
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Surged forward powerfully on a number of occasions from right-back, but his greatest reward was a couple of corners and, defensively, he was often less than solid.

  • Anderson
    21
    6
    2.00

    Anderson

    Still looks to be carrying a bit more weight than he should, and made little impact as a confident and slick Braga midfield won the battle in the centre of the pitch.

  • Ryan Giggs
    18
    4
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Looked classy as ever on the ball but the suspicion remains that, as a converted winger playing in the middle, his defensive instincts are not the best.

  • Nani
    11
    14
    2.50

    Nani

    Had a couple of nice touches here and there, but looked uncomfortable in a diamond and could not affect any change in proceedings until being replaced by Rafael with just under 20 minutes left.

  • Wayne Rooney
    36
    3
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Lively whenever his team-mates could get the ball to him, they simply could not get the ball to him enough. Kept plugging away though, and when he got his chance from the penalty spot, he took it nervelessly.

  • Javier Hernández
    24
    5
    2.00

    Javier Hernández

    Denied the ball inside the penalty area, he found himself in a battle not really suited to his skills, and had a poor game as a result.

  • Danny Welbeck
    10
    17
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    His industrious self but completely starved of service. He probably won't even dream of scoring a goal tonight, such was his lack of scoring chances.

Substitutions

  • Rafael
    23
    3
    2.50

    Rafael

    A characteristically lively cameo, but his biggest contribution was probably to allow Valencia to move forward into his favoured wing position.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    24
    1
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Brought on with 30 minutes left following the power cut as United sought their own route back into the light but, although he helped stem the tide of Braga chances, and his efforts ultimately proved crucial.

  • Robin van Persie
    37
    0
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Replaced Welbeck with 25 minutes left as his side chased the game and duly delivered. Was helped enormously by Beto's ridiculous decision to rush out of his goal, but took his chance superbly.

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