Manchester United return to Europa League action tomorrow night against Club Brugges in the first leg of their last 32 clash.
United will find themselves up against a familiar foe in the shape of former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
He appears to be enjoying life away from Anfield and we’ve taken a look at the Belgian’s record against United, which he will be looking to improve.
Mignolet pleased to be playing again
Mignolet saw his Liverpool place taken by Alisson and he spent much of his final season at Anfield on the bench.
He told Belgian outlet Sport that he is pleased to be playing regularly again: “We play a lot of competitions with Club Brugge. I came back for that. I am the happiest person in all of Belgium.
“Now after 18 months on Liverpool’s bench, I can show once again what I am worth at a time when I am at the peak of my career.”
Liverpool’s improvement did come at the same time when Mignolet was phased out in favour of the superior Alisson, and United had a good record against the Belgian.
Mignolet’s record against United
As per Transfermarkt, Mignolet has just the three wins from 14 career matches against United.
They have brought only five clean sheets and United will be looking to extend that record when they travel to Belgium in search of a first leg advantage.
But Mignolet spoke with warmth in that interview about Liverpool and how he feels about the club.
That means he may well have extra motivation to thwart the biggest rivals of his former employers.
United have found their way past Mignolet plenty of times in the past – and he did have an error in him during his Liverpool days, so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for more of the same.
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