Darren Fletcher is urging Manchester United to secure one final win to and seal Champions League qualification with two games to spare.
FC Braga ambushed United on home soil after taking the lead at Old Trafford in less than 90 seconds – they doubled their lead before the 20 minute mark to set up an enthralling tie last night.
And with 29 goals in all games at home this season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men once again clawed their way back to a 3-2 victory and made amends for careless defending.
With a brace from Javier Hernandez and a scrappy finish from Jonny Evans, United retained their 100% record in Europe and remain in the driving seat to progress to the knockout stages.
“After last year the aim was to get ourselves through the group as quickly as possible,” Fletcher told MUTV. “One more victory should see us through and hopefully we can do it in the next game in Braga with two games to spare.
“If you take away the first 20 minutes when we went 2-0 down it was a good performance.
“People will talk about slow starts and giving away early goals but the fact we came back to win showed great character. Nevertheless, we know we can’t keep doing it [giving away early goals].”
Sir Alex adopted an uncharacteristic diamond formation in an attempt to keep opponents ‘guessing’, as Fletcher played his third full game since returning from almost a year on the sidelines with a severe bowel illness.
And the Scot is eager to continue gathering playing time in order to return to his best for the Reds.
“I feel fine and it was good to get another 90 minutes under my belt and the more of them I get the better I’ll feel,” he added.
“I’m fully aware there is huge competition for places in midfield. I’ve just got to get as many minutes under my belt as I can and keep taking my opportunities when they come.
“There is great competition for places all over the pitch and the more of us that can stay fit the better it will be [for the team in the long run].”