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Ferguson assesses Braga and Rio Ferdinand's T-shirt problem

posted 22 Oct 2012, 12:27 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 22 Oct 2012, 12:28 ]

Alex Ferguson says Braga tend to be better playing away and he expects a counter attack.

 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 22, 2012) (REUTERS) -  Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson told reporters on Monday (October 22) that opponents Braga tend to play better away from home and had demonstrated in their earlier match with Galatasaray that they could be dangerous.

Manchester United are unbeaten in the Champions League and want that to continue as they host Braga on Tuesday (October 23).

"Braga to my mind are better away from home, they have shown that in their last game winning at Galatasaray, it is not easy going to Turkey as we know, it is always a difficult place to go to and they managed a two goal victory," said Ferguson. "Counter attack once again rears its head and I feel in the modern European game that counter attack is definitely the issue at home and we saw that in the Galatasaray match. Fortunately we weathered the storm until half time and then in the second half we were much much better, so hopefully tomorrow we can deal with that issue".

Ferguson also told the news conference that Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra will be rested for the Braga game before the Premier League match against Chelsea at the weekend.

"He and Patrice Evra will not play. There is a big game at Chelsea on Sunday. They will be the two main changes tomorrow," Ferguson told reporters.

Ferguson also said he had resolved his dispute with Ferdinand who he accused of embarrassing him on Saturday after the defender failed to wear a t-shirt in support of an anti-racism campaign.

" "The issue is quite simple, I have spoken to Rio and I think there was a communication problem," said Ferguson. "I think he felt that I should have spoken to him on the Friday, as I did not anticipate I'd have any problem in the dressing room as far as wearing the t-shirt was concerned. My advice to him was that I always feel a union is always stronger than an individual and it is important that he airs his grievances to the right people, to the PFA or the FA. And it really has just been a communication problem rather than anything else."

United go into Tuesday's match at Old Trafford top of Group H with six points after wins over Galatasaray and CFR Cluj.

They play Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, knowing defeat would see them drop seven points behind their title rivals.