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Manchester United vs. Club Brugge Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
25 February 2020
Thursday 27 February
Old Trafford - Europa League
Manchester United welcome Belgian outfit Club Brugge to Old Trafford on Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash. The Premier League side are in a good position after the first leg, and will expect to get the job done back on home soil.
Anthony Martial cancelled out Emmanuel Dennis’s early opener when the teams met at the Jan Breydel Stadium last week. The two clubs also met in the group stages of the Champions League in 2015, with United winning 3-1 at home before a comfortable 4-0 victory in the return in Bruges.
Scott McTominay returned to action as a substitute against Watford last weekend, and the midfielder could be in line for a start here. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford continue to miss out, while Mason Greenwood will hope for another place in the XI after impressing again on Sunday.
Brugge manager Philippe Clement shuffled his pack at the weekend as his team beat Sporting Charleroi 1-0 to maintain their commanding lead at the top of the Belgian First Division A table. Hans Vanaken is a danger man to look out for after scoring 12 league goals and four in the Champions League group stages this season.
Manchester United vs. Club Brugge Preview and Predictions
Manchester United were far from their best in last week’s first leg, but then, their performances are judged by different standards these days. The Red Devils managed to ease to a relatively comfortable victory over Watford on Sunday, with a few things giving them confidence that they could be turning a corner under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Chief among them are the performances of new signing Bruno Fernandes, who cooly converted the penalty he won against the Hornets before laying on United’s two other goals in their 3-0 win. The Portuguese has fitted into the Old Trafford setup seamlessly, and showed his class off the bench in the first leg of this Europa League tie.
Club Brugge will expect him to start this game, but the visitors also need to concentrate on their own game. The Belgians played some good football last week, and could cause United further problems on the break here. Breaking teams down has been an issue for the Premier League outfit all season, and even with Fernandes, the away team will get their opportunities to counter.
There’s no doubt who the clear favourites for the win are though. United are priced at 1.47 to get the win they need inside 90 minutes to progress to the last 16 with the minimum of fuss. Brugge are 8.00 to spring the surprise, while you can back the draw at 4.10. Depending on whether that’s a goalless or score draw, it could be enough to see either side through or an additional period of extra-time.
Man United to win to nil at 2.10
The Reds were the architects of their own downfall in conceding in the first leg, thanks to goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s rush of blood. Solskjaer will expect his team to tighten up and concede few chances back at Old Trafford.
Odion Ighalo to score anytime at 2.30
The Nigerian striker has come off the bench late on twice for United after joining on transfer deadline day. He’s gone close with a couple of chances, and could get his first start here. The 30-year-old is 4.20 to score either the first or last goal of the game.