Man United v Club Brugge : UEFA Europa League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

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Date :Thursday 27th, February2020
Stadium Old Trafford
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Manchester  United
Manchester United will play hosts to Belgian outfit Club Brugge on Thursday night in the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League, with a place in the Round of 16 of the competition at stake.

The first leg of the tie, played in Bruges last week ended in a 1-1 draw with Anthony Martial cancelling out Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ goal for the hosts. Manchester United were not good enough in Belgium on last Thursday but bounced back with a strong performance against Watford in the Premier League, beating them 3-0 at home.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are unbeaten in their last six fixtures across all competitions (W4 D2) and the manager will be hoping that his team are able to carry forward that momentum and earn a place in the Last 16 stages of the UEFA Europa League.
The big news for Manchester United is the return to action of Scott McTominay, who made a substitute appearance against Watford. Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Lee Grant remain sidelined for the hosts while Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will not be involved as they still work towards reaching peak fitness.

Solskjaer used a three-man backline against Brugge last time out but having switched to the 4-2-3-1 formation against Watford, the Norwegian is expected to stick with the same setup on Thursday. There will be a few changes made to the side that started at the weekend, starting from goal where David de Gea will be replaced by Sergio Romero.

Eric Bailly is likely to start from the get-go in defence for Manchester United partnering up with Harry Maguire. Diogo Dalot failed to make much of an impression in the first leg and is unlikely to feature here with Aaron Wan-Bissaka likely to start as the right-back again while the in-form Luke Shaw should start on the left ahead of Brandon Williams.

McTominay is in line to start in the middle of the park against Brugge on Thursday night after making a brief came at the weekend. The Scotsman is likely to be paired up with Brazilian midfielder Fred with Nemanja Matic likely to be given a breather here.

Bruno Fernandes has made a blazing start to life in England and should continue in the No. 10 role for Manchester United against Club Brugge. Flanking the Portuguese playmaker on either side ought to be Mason Greenwood and Daniel James, both of whom looked good in the Watford game. Anthony Martial is once again likely to spearhead the United attack, as Odion Ighalo waits for his full debut.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Martial

Club Brugge
Following the 1-1 draw against Manchester United, Club Brugge also returned to winning ways as they defeated Charleroi 1-0 in the Belgian Jupiler League to consolidate their position at the top of the table.

Philippe Clement’s side are undefeated in their last fourteen matches in all competitions (W8 D6) and will back themselves to come out on top at Old Trafford, after putting in a positive display in the first leg.
The Belgians have been dealt with a double blow heading into the game as Ruud Vormer and goalscorer from first leg Emmanuel Bonaventure have both been ruled out after picking up injuries at the weekend. Krepin Diatta is expected to recover from his injury though, but it is unlikely that he will start while Eder Balanta is suspended.
Clement is expected to stick with the 3-4-1-2 formation he used in the last game against Manchester United with former Liverpool star Simon Mignolet, who got an assist in the first leg, set to continue between the goalposts. The three-man backline for the visitors is likely to comprise of Clinton Mata, Brandon Mechele and Simon Deli.

Odilon Kossonou is expected to feature as the right-sided wing-back for Brugge, but Eduard Sobol is likely to get the nod on the opposite flank ahead of the 19-year-old Maxim van Cuyper, who started in the first leg against Manchester United.

The defensive duties in the middle of the park will fall to Mats Rits, who will be tasked with keeping an eye on the dangerous Bruno Fernandes. Partnering him in midfield should be teenager Charles De Ketelaere, who will provide the forward thrust. Hans Vanaken, who has scored 16 goals this season, should take up the attacking midfield slot for the visitors.

In the absence of Bonaventure, Percy Tau is likely to move into the centre-forward slot. David Okereke, who was an unused substitute in the first leg, could be in for a starting berth at Old Trafford. Krepin Diatta could be used as an impact substitute by the manager late on.

Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Mignolet; Mata, Mechele, Deli; Kossonou, Rits, De Ketelaere, Sobol; Vanaken; Tau, Okereke

Key Stats
Manchester United have hosted Club Brugge once previously in a European game, winning 3-1 in a Champions League qualifier in August 2015.
Club Brugge have never won an away European match in England (including qualifiers), drawing two and losing 10 of 12 previous visits. Their most recent game was a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City in November 2016 in the Champions League.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 home UEFA Europa League games (W10 D2) since losing to Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao in March 2012.
Manchester United have kept five clean sheets in their last six matches across all competitions. The only game during this run where the Red Devils conceded was the first leg against Club Brugge.
Anthony Martial has scored three goals in his last four European matches for Manchester United, having scored just three goals in his previous 26 European games for the Red Devils.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Club Brugge