Robin van Persie reacts to Manchester United's draw with Club Brugge

Manchester United came away from their Europa League last 32 clash against Club Brugge with a 1-1 draw to take back to Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial – making the most of some poor home defending – ensured that United clinched a crucial away goal on the night.

Former Reds Owen Hargreaves and Robin van Persie were covering the game for BT Sport in the studio and the Dutchman had his say on what they saw.

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“Manchester (United) can be happy with the 1-1, a good result. Got the away goal.

“They got lucky in the second half with the big chance from Kossounou. Bruno Fernandes was unbelieveable.

“He is silky on the ball, great to watch. With some players you can tell straight away they’ve got something.”

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Job half done

United started slowly and at 1-0 down after conceding a really poor goal from a long ball, a 1-1 draw would have looked a very good result indeed.

As it happened, they got a gift of their own when Martial netted to make it 1-1, and the second half could have gone either way.

Odilon Kossounou’s miss was a real let off, when he was left unmarked in the centre of goal only to put it wide.

But Martial could have had a second goal before that, but chose to try and pass to Juan Mata rather than go himself – and the chance went begging.

The tie is set up for United to finish the job at Old Trafford next week, but Brugge did show themselves to be capable of causing some problems.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.