Thursday evening, from 17:55 pm, the Belgians from Club Brugge receive the visit of Manchester United, in the first match of 2020 in the Europa League. The hosts arrived at the UEL in the background of the course from UCL, while the “devils” qualified without problems in the European spring, in groups. Guests have lot problems and will not be able to line up the best “11” possible, and Martial could be on the bench in Belgium.
Club Brugge comes after a series of results at the limit in the championship and in the Belgian Cup, where it was hard against Antwerp (1-0), Waregem (2-1) and Beveren (2-1). Otherwise, the white draws with Charleroi and Standard Liege highlighted the defensive power of this team. Accustomed to dominating internally, Brugge will have a more reserved attitude towards Manchester United, which comes with a heavy coat on Jan Breydel Stadium.
“Devils” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come after a big victory with Chelsea, score 2-0 away, in a match in which the psychological moment was the goal scored in the 45th minute, by Martial. In the last four official matches, the red-and-white have escaped each time without a goal, also showing an improvement in the defensive game. With the missed goal in the championship, United will focus a lot on the Europa League trophy, which he has won in the past, after a final with Ajax.
Only two direct matches between Brugge and United have been played so far in the 2015/2016 season of the UEFA Champions League. Then, Rooney’s team won without problems both hands, 3-1 and 4-0, and the English international managed a hat trick in Belgium. Without losing 12 consecutive matches, Brugge hopes to avoid such a “scoreline”, but the difference in value between the two clubs has diminished in recent years. Without losing home, in the championship, for almost a year, Brugge will play very conservatively in the first half.
Otherwise, Brugge is winless in the last 10 straight duels with the Premier League teams, and the statistics indicate a slightly more open game in the second half: 12 of the last 17 goals scored by the Belgians were successful in the second half! Manchester United have lost only one European move in the last 9, and in 8 of them scored under 3 goals. In Brugge’s gate will be Mignolet, a former goalkeeper at Liverpool, in the first English league.
TEAMS PROBABLE LA BRUGGE – MANCHESTER UNITED
Brugge Club: Mignolet; Mata, Mechele, Deli; Diatta, Vanaken, Libra, Vormer, Rich; Dennis, Krmencik
Manchester United: Rosemary; Dalot, Jones, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Pereira; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Ighalo