Manchester United 3 -2 Sporting Braga
Braga started stronger the contest and found the netwith a 2-0 lead after 20mins, two hits from Alan (2′, 20′). Javier Hernandez reduced the score at the 25′ before he took the game over with a header at the 75′ for a thrilling 3-2 victory.
“Chicharito has given me a good problem,” said Sir Alex. “He’s got me thinking, I must say that. He and van Persie and Rooney and Welbeck… I don’t know what to do with them to be honest with you.
“The boy is improving all the time. He has a great enthusiasm for the game, he trains magnificently, he practices all the time and his goal ratio is fantastic.
“It was a great ball from Tom Cleverley for the second goal but Chicharito’s movement in behind the defender for the second goal was terrific.”
Chicharito’s two goals, sandwiching an equaliser by centre-back Jonny Evans, means all four of Sir Alex’s senior strikers have scored in the space of three days after goals from Rooney (2), van Persie and Welbeck saw off Stoke at the weekend in a similar match. Similar because Braga, like Stoke, scored twice on United’s home turf including a shock opening goal.
“It’s been the story of our season really at home, starting badly, conceding goals and having to fight back to rescue games. And it’s the front players who are doing that for us,” admitted Sir Alex.