Manchester United’s win over Club Brugge last week was by far the best performance of the season. The Red Devils overcame the Belgian side 3-1 in their opening leg, and will go into the away fixture tomorrow with a fair bit of breathing space.
Memphis Depay shined to ensure United’s victory, with Marouane Fellaini adding a third goal just before full time courtesy of a Memphis cross.
It’s a huge game for United, who know that Champions League qualification is vitally important for their status as a club. Another year without it would be a disaster!
United manager Van Gaal confirmed that De Gea, Rojo and Jones did not make the trip to Brugge, and says the game will not be as simple as some say.
“It is a difficult ground, and it is not a simple opponent.” said Van Gaal on ManUtd.com
“I have read in the papers in England that it is simple and it is a walkover, but it isn’t like that. Brugge against Panathinaikos, they won 3-0 [in the previous round]. It is still a game, but because of our third goal we now have more confidence.”
Brugge midfielder Victor Vaquez had this to say on the game: “I’m disappointed by the first-leg result – that is clear – as we held on to a great first-leg result for so long. That final goal from Fellaini really makes it hard on us, however. But you never know in football. If we manage to score an early goal in Bruges, and if our 12th man starts backing the team 100 per cent, then we can go anywhere!”
[All quotes via www.ManUtd.com]
Here’s how we think United will line up against the Belgian side:
Darmian – Smalling – Blind – Shaw
Schweinsteiger – Schneiderlin
Mata – Januzaj – Memphis
We think United will go unchanged yet again. Despite his poor form, Rooney looks unlikely to be dropped.