Three reasons for United to be wary of Club Brugge
Manchester United are back in Europa League action tonight against Club Brugge.
This is the first leg of the last 32 knockout tie, with the second taking place at Old Trafford next week.
While they were in the unseeded section of the draw, Brugge are a potentially difficult team to go up against.
Underestimating the Belgian side would be a mistake and whichever side United line up with have to perform to a high standard to get a result.
Here is a look at three reasons to be wary of our opponents…
They were a Champions League drop down
Brugge were considered too good for the Europa League when this season began.
While they did not win a game in the group stages, they managed to draw three, ensuring they had enough points to beat Galatasaray to third place.
The highlight of their run was a 2-2 draw in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid where they had led by two goals before the La Liga leaders came back to claim a draw.
The game against Real shows they have the temperament and belief to take on so-called bigger teams, and United could get caught out.
Look at ourselves
United had a big result on Monday night against Chelsea, and it was a much needed one.
But this season there have been a few good results, and after each one there has usually been a let down performance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to look carefully at his team selection, his message to the players, and the tactics.
United have to guard against getting too carried away after the win at Stamford Bridge and ensure we also return from Brugge with a positive result.
Brugge rarely lose
The Belgian side’s domestic form is very good. They have 18 wins, seven draws and just one loss from 26 games.
This has them sitting pretty at the top of the Jupiler Pro League by 13 points already at this stage of the season.
They are unbeaten at home, with 13 wins and two draws from 15 games.
The hope for United is that this form didn’t translate in the Champions League, where at home they lost 5-0 to PSG.
That was four months ago though, and their strong form since indicates they will be no pushovers.
Striker Hans Vanaken is the dangerman with 16 goals in all competitions this season.
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