PREVIEW: Club Brugge vs Manchester United

United travel to Belgium with comfortable lead

Manchester United have set off on their travels as they head to Belgium to take on Club Brugge in the second-leg of their Champions League Qualifier.

The Red Devils have a comfortable lead going into the return fixture thanks to a 3-1 win at Old Trafford last week, and they will fancy their chances of securing their spot in the Champions League proper.

Despite going 1-0 down early on thanks to a Michael Carrick own-goal, a brace from Memphis Depay and a late goal from Marouane Fellaini put Louis Van Gaal‘s men in full control of the tie.

The only team news from the United camp so far is that both centre-backs, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will miss out, whilst it’s not yet clear whether Bastian Schweinsteiger will keep him spot in the first-team.

Van Gaal and Fellaini Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking to the club’s official website, both Van Gaal and Fellaini have discussed the second-leg, and despite the comfortable lead, the manager is not ruling out an upset in Belgium.

He said: “It is a difficult ground, and it is not a simple opponent.

“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.”

As for Fellaini, he is not bothered by his late goal last week against a team from his homeland.

He added: “I don’t care, the most important thing is the win. But we have to be careful in the second leg and, as I said, we will press them and we have the quality to win there as well. We have to be ready.”

Travelling Squad for United

Below is a list of the full squad United are taking to Belgium.

Full travelling squad: Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone; Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Paddy McNair, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling; Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young; Memphis Depay, Javier Hernandez, Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney.

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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