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06/11/2012 14:00 , Steve Bartram in Braga
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Today in Braga

19:05 After a bit of a trek to the stadium, and a drop-off on the wrong side of it, I've arrived in the press area to find Sir Alex has named this line-up: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Van Persie.

17:00 I'm just on my way back to the team hotel after popping out to the city centre, but unfortunately I'm absolutely drenched. Yes, the Manchester weather has followed us here. It's been overcast since lunchtime and, of course, the heavens opened when I chose to head out. There are plenty of United fans in and around Braga all in fine voice and many of them have taken sanctuary from the rain in the Irish pubs. I'll try to upload some photos if I have time before I leave for the stadium.

16:45 Sir Alex hopes his side can replicate the display which yielded three points in Cluj on Matchday Two, saying: “In the main, apart from last season, our away record has been outstanding. I think we went 20 games without losing away from home, which is fantastic. So that level of performance we showed in Cluj was a good, measured, professional performance, with good use of the ball and that's the kind of form we're looking for tonight.”

16:01 More from the boss on the lessons learned from United’s 3-2 win over Braga a fortnight ago. “Just don't lose an early goal,” he laughed, “that's the lesson that was hammered home to the players. In fairness, on Saturday [against Arsenal] we were right on our toes. Defensively we were very, very good and we need that in every game.”

15:20 Sir Alex told MUTV earlier that last night’s results merely confirmed a growing trend in the Champions League: “As we experienced last year,

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