Three Club Brugge players Manchester United must watch out for

Manchester United have been drawn against Club Brugge in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The Belgians are one of the teams who dropped out of the Champions League, having come third in a group which contained Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

We’ve picked out three players United will need to look out for as they go in search of a place in the last 16.

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Simon Mignolet

Mignolet is a man who will be very familiar to United fans, having been at Liverpool before returning to his native Belgium last summer.

He always had a mistake in him during his time in England and Liverpool improved vastly once he was benched.

But a former Anfield man is likely to be keen to put in a special performance against their bitterest rivals, so United must be clinical.

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Emmanuel Dennis

22-year-old forward Dennis scored both the goals when Brugge picked up the most eye-catching result of their Champions League campaign, a 2-2 away draw against Real Madrid.

Dennis stunned the Bernabeu, putting his side 2-0 up and United will have to be wary of a man who clearly relishes the big stage.

He has seven goals across all competitions this season and will be looking to add a goal at the Theatre of Dreams to his brace at the Bernabeu.

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Hans Vanaken

Vanaken is Brugge’s top scorer this season with 13 goals across all competitions.

He scored in their 3-1 defeat at home to Madrid earlier this month and the towering 6ft 5in attacking midfielder may cause problems from the engine room.

Paul Pogba’s future ought to be clearer by the time the tie rolls around and the 27-year-old would likely relish the test against the Frenchman.

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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.