Man Utd face Santos at the Parque Nacional de Estadio do Rio de Janeiro

Santos are the hosts of the first round of the Copa Libertadores, the top division of Brazilian football, having drawn 1-1 with Man UtD on Wednesday night.

Brazilians are accustomed to seeing Santos play well at the Copas and have been happy with their performances so far, with the hosts’ run of form ending in the 2-2 draw with AC Milan last month.

However, it has not been a perfect night for the Santos side, with their only goal coming from a penalty.

The match was postponed for over an hour due to rain, and the game was also stopped for the duration of the match due to safety concerns.

Santos midfielder and former Brazilian international, Guarani, will now be looking to get his second Copa since leaving Santos in 2013.

He has not featured for Santos since the first leg of the clash, but will be hoping to put his form on display in Rio on Saturday night. 

He scored a stunning goal in the first half against the Italians on June 24 to earn a 1-0 win, before scoring another goal against AC Milan in the Champions League on May 31.

The 32-year-old, who was signed from Manchester United in January 2016, is still considered one of the best midfielders in the world, with both the Italian giants and Manchester United reportedly keen on signing him.

The Santos defence have struggled to hold their ground against the Italian side, who have dominated possession in the final third of the pitch, with Antonio Nocerino’s side winning the majority of aerial duels and making just 16 interceptions this season.