Ferguson calls for first place

MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his side to ensure they finish top of their Champions League group by winning tonight’s fixture against Braga in Portugal.

Ferguson’s team have won all three of their Group H matches this season and at a stage when they were last year eliminated but the manager has implored them to produce another victory.

“With nine points from the first three games we really should be kicking on and make sure we confirm the No1 spot,” said Ferguson, who yesterday celebrated 26 years in charge at Old Trafford. “That’s the important thing.”

Defender Chris Smalling is set to play for the first time since May, but Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes have been ruled out.