Date: 23rd October 2012 at 10:58pm
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David De Gea 6: 4th start in a row but had little to do this time out. Hardly at fault for either goal but did have a shaky moment late on giving the ball away needlessly.

Rafael 7: Praised by Sir Alex and rightly so as he got forward brilliantly but also defended with aplomb. Making this right back spot his own and rapidly losing that ‘liability’ tag.

Alexander Buttner 6: Got forward well and put himself about but was caught out for Alan’s opener and sec0nd. Not the Champions League debut he dreamt of I imagine, but understandable as it was only his 3rd appearance this term.

Michael Carrick 6: Clearly not a center half and was left for dead by Eder as Braga got their second. Used his defensive nous as he warmed up to avert trouble numerous times as the game progressed and it was also his vital touch from RVP’s corner that set up Evan’s equaliser

Jonny Evans 7: Another goal for the Norther Ireland captain, this time his first in the Champions League to bring United level. Should have done better with Buttner for Alan’s second but as with the team, grew as the game went one.

Darren Fletcher 7: Brilliant to see him get another 90 minutes under his belt, and will aid his continuing attempts to return to full fitness. Was calm, composed and disciplined when the moment called for it but also showed off his impressive passing range and got forward too.

Tom Cleverley 7: A Beckham-esque cross for United’s winner topped off a solid performance from the England international. Started on the right but moved infield as the game went on in order to add more impetus to United going forward. Showed composure and used the ball well as United fought back from 2 down.

Shinji Kagawa 6: Still finding his feet as a United player and hasn’t quite shown the same form as he did early in the season, but got an assist for himself, crossing for Hernandez’s first. Subbed off at half time with what has been revealed to be a knee injury.

Wayne Rooney 6: Was going to be hard to top his two goal showing against Stoke on Saturday, worked hard as usual but there wasn’t the same electricity in his performance. Perhaps being shunted out left later on was the reason.

Robin Van Persie 7: Like Rooney, was going to struggle to top his weekend display. Caused problems with his constant movement, switching flanks at will and almost set up Hernandez’s for a second but the Mexican failed to connect with his right wing cross.¬†Should have done better with his only real chance of the game, failing to even hit the target from a Nani pass.

Javier Hernandez 9: Very impressive tonight, especially when you consider his contribution against Cluj. Hasn’t been as involved in Sir Alex’s plans as he would like, but when he does what he does best – scoring goals – you can’t help but love Chicharito!

Nani 7: As soon as he came on injected a bit of energy into the side and set about having a go at Braga. Saw a chance saved and set up Van Persie as he looks to get back to his best and into Sir Alex’s plans.

Ryan Giggs N/A: A late sub but unwittingly played a brilliant 1-2 off a Braga player’s shins!)


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