Club Brugge vs Manchester United prediction: Club Brugge 0-2 Manchester United
Club Brugge are in brilliant domestic form but have mostly struggled in Europe this season.
Manchester United will be full of confidence after beating Chelsea on Monday. They have kept four clean sheets in a row in all competitions – their best run in over two years.
The Europa League provides the Red Devils with an excellent route to next season’s Champions League and they’ll be keen to replicate their success of 2017.
Club Brugge vs Manchester United: Who will win?
Manchester United have only lost one of their last 17 matches in the competition and are well priced at 6/4 to win the match. A famous Club Brugge victory is priced at 19/10 while the draw can be backed at 9/4.
Manchester United are 3/10 to qualify over two legs while Club Brugge are 12/5 to qualify.
The Red Devils have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Europa League matches. Manchester United are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet.
Odion Ighalo could make his first start for the club. Ighalo is 7/1 to open the scoring and 5/2 to score anytime.
Club Brugge vs Manchester United Europa League match preview
Belgian outfit Club Brugge host Manchester United at the Jan Breydelstadion on Thursday night for the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.
Brugge moved down to the Europa League knockout stage after finished 3rd in their Champions League group. Brugge picked up just three points from six matches in Group A, which featured Galatasaray and European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Their most notable result was a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu, where they lead 2-0 at half time.
Club Brugge maintained their nine-point lead at the top of the Belgian First Division with a 2-1 win over Waasland-Beveren on Saturday. Matts Rits netted both goals for the home side.
Manchester United enjoyed a fairly straight forward group stage campaign, finishing as winners of Group L with four wins, one draw and one defeat. United only conceded two goals in six matches – the best defensive record in the tournament this season.
Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season were given a major boost following their 2-0 win at Chelsea on Monday night. Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire were on target for the Red Devils while a couple of VAR decisions went against Chelsea.
This will be the third UEFA meeting between the two sides and the first since 2015 when Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win in Belgium. Brugge have lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 matches against Premier League opposition.
The return leg takes place at Old Trafford next Thursday.
Club Brugge team news vs Manchester United
Philippe Clement will have Clinton Mata and Krepin Diatta back from suspension. The pair were banned for Club Brugge’s final Champions League group game against Real Madrid.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start in goal and is no stranger to Manchester United.
January signing Michael Krmencik is expected to lead the line with Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, who is linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund. Dennis has scored three goals in the Europe this season.
Percy Tau came off the bench to assist Brugge’s winning goal at the weekend and will be pushing for a starting berth.
Brugge will be without Sofyan Amrabat and Dion Cools following their departures in January.
Manchester United team news vs Club Brugge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could make a number of changes to the side which beat Chelsea.
Sergio Romero will start in goal in place of David de Gea. United could revert to a back four after fielding five at the back on Monday night – which could see Luke Shaw drop out of the starting eleven.
Eric Bailly marked his comeback with a terrific display at Stamford Bridge but is likely to be rested on Thursday night. Phil Jones should partner Harry Maguire at centre-back as Victor Lindelof remains a doubt through illness.
Update: Lindelof trained on Wednesday and is now over the illness so should start this one.
Odion Ighalo was a late substitute on Monday and is in line to make his full Manchester United debut.
Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot, Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata will all be eyeing some game time.
Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe have both recovered from injury but are unlikely to be risked.
In addition, Mason Greenwood has been ruled out this Europa League match due to injury.
Youngsters James Garner, Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong all featured in United’s last Europa League match in December.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford remain long-term injury absentees for the Red Devils.
Club Brugge predicted line-up vs Manchester United
Manchester United predicted line-up vs Club Brugge
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.