Club Brugge will face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday knowing they need an away goal to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.

The Belgian outfit gave United a fair few scares during last Thursday’s first leg and have tweeted out the party who will travel to England looking to finish the job.

There are two notable absentees which may well make their task a touch harder.

Who’s missing?

Brugge captain Ruud Vormer will miss the match, having come on as a substitute in the first leg.

Emmanuel Dennis opened the scoring with an expert lob over Sergio Romero and was the biggest threat to United all night.


But he will also not play a part in the second leg, on a night where Brugge know they have to score to stand any chance of progression.

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What’s the impact?

The absence of Dennis is a body blow to Brugge because he ran rings around United’s backline at times last week.

Brugge have already traveled to one of European football’s great stadiums this season, the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid.

It was Dennis who put his side into a 2-0 first half lead on that night.

Brugge were eventually pegged back to 2-2 but a repeat of that scoreline this week would see them through to the last 16.

United have to stay professional, understanding the impact conceding an away goal has and ensuring they start faster than they have in their three matches since the winter break.

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