MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Rio Ferdinand starts on the bench for Manchester United in tonight’s Champions League clash against Braga at Old Trafford.

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Ferdinand was not expected to be in the squad after manager Sir Alex Ferguson said at his press conference that he and Patrice Evra would not be in the side.

Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick both start at central defence with Rafael Da Silva and Alex Buttner, who makes his Champions League debut at left-back completing the back line.

Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa all start as well.

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez start in the attack for Ferguson’s side.

Ryan Giggs, Nani, Ashley Young and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone are amongst the players on the bench for Manchester United

LINE-UPS: Manchester United v Braga Teams

Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Evans, Buttner, Kagawa, Fletcher, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie.
SUBS: Johnstone, Ferdinand, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Young, Welbeck.

Braga: Beto, Leandro Salino, Nuno Andre, Paulo Vinicius, Elderson, Custodio, Hugo Viana, Ruben Amorim, Alan, Ruben Micael, Eder.

SUBS: Quim, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, da Solva, Baiano, Ze Luis, Anibal.

REFREE: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).

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