Did you know: From group stage to final, United’s recent 2-1 win over CFR Cluj in Romania was the Reds’ 100th match in the Champions League. Also, Ryan Giggs has scored in a record 16 different seasons and is the competition’s oldest scorer at 37 years and 289 days.
Opposition boss: José Peseiro was an instant hit with Braga fans after he secured Champions League group stage qualification during his first term as boss, recording a dramatic penalty shootout play-off win over Udinese in August. The former Sporting manager, who was once assistant to former Reds coach Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid, has previously worked in Saudi Arabia, Greece and Romania, but most famously made his name in charge of CD Nacional, where he took the Madeira club from the third division to the Portuguese Liga in just three seasons
Star man: Portuguese striker Éder is the obvious goal threat, having already scored four goals in the league this term, though Braga’s chief architect is undoubtedly Alan. A tricky right-winger with a delicious final delivery, the skipper notched seven domestic assists last campaign and his invention is now even more crucial to his team’s cause after last season’s top scorer Lima left on transfer deadline day.
Quote/unquote: “Braga are a good team. You have to respect them for getting to this stage to start with. It is not easy in any league to go through the whole season near the top. You have to respect them. They are going to be of a certain standard and we have to match it.” – Michael Carrick