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22/10/2012 13:01, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Braga

Date, time and coverage: Tuesday 23 October, 19:45 BST. Watch it live on ITV1 or follow the action via text and radio commentary on ManUtd.com.

Form guide: With two wins from two games in Group H, Manchester United hope to take another step towards the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with victory over SC Braga at Old Trafford. The Reds have never lost a home match against Portuguese opposition and have been clinical in this season’s competition, with minds perhaps sharpened by last term’s early exit. However, Tuesday’s opponents are on a seven-match unbeaten run on their travels in Europe. Braga are also unbeaten in five matches against English sides, earning a recent draw with Liverpool and a narrow win over Birmingham City.

Ins and outs: Ashley Young has returned to first team training at Carrington and could make his long-awaited return on Tuesday, after narrowly missing out on the weekend win over Stoke. Chris Smalling is doubtful and still unavailable, joining Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic on the sidelines. For Braga, Ruben Micael and Ruben Amorim will compete for a place in support of striker Eder but Helder Barbosa and Marcio Mossoro may be preferred, having helped beat rivals Guimaraes in the league.

Last meeting: United and Braga have never met in competitive football - though the Reds have an illustrious history against Portuguese opposition, most famously beating Benfica in the 1968 European Cup Final at Wembley.

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

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