Man Utd vs Club Brugge LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Odion Ighalo starts

MAN UTD vs CLUB BRUGGE

Manchester United have no fresh concerns heading into the Europa League last-32 second leg encounter against Club Brugge.

Marcus Rashford (back) and Paul Pogba (ankle) remain absent with long-term issues, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a 27-strong squad in training on Wednesday morning.

Axel Tuanzebe, who has not featured since December 18, and Tim Fosu-Mensah were part of training, but the United boss wants them to play for the reserves or in behind-closed-doors matches before stepping up to the first-team.

  • Manchester United host Club Brugge having drawn 1-1 in the first leg in Belgium last week
  • The Red Devils have kept five clean sheets in their last six matches across all competitions
  • French forward Anthony Martial has scored three goals in his last four European matches
  • Club Brugge have never won an away European match in England, drawing twice and losing 10
  • The Europa League last-16 draw will take place on Friday, February 28 from 12pm UK time in Switzerland

Manchester United XI: Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, James, Mata, Ighalo.

Subs: De Gea, Lindelof, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Greenwood, Chong.

Club Brugge XI: Mignolet, Kossounou, Okereke, Deli, Ricca, Vanaken, Rits, Tau, Mechele, C Mata, De Cuyper.

Subs: Horvath, Sobol, Krmencik, Diatta, Mitrovic, Schrijvers, De Ketelaere.

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  • Man Utd fans buzzing as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands Odion Ighalo start

He’s dreaming

Philippe Clement says Club Brugge will need “something bigger than a miracle” at Old Trafford tonight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have the upper hand heading into Thursday’s round-of-32 return leg at Old Trafford, thanks to Anthony Martial’s away goal in a 1-1 draw played out in difficult conditions in Belgium.

“I said qualifying would be a miracle. Because of this (the number of absentees) I need to find a bigger word than that,” Clement told reporters.

“We need something extra there, so we’re going to try to take the maximum out of that and do something bigger than a miracle with a young squad who are less experienced but will have a great experience to play this game.

“But let the young squad dream, let the coach dream and let the staff dream and all the club and the supporters”

Starting XI

Odion starts! Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands January arrival Odion Ighalo his first start as a Manchester United player. Scott McTominay also makes his first start since Boxing Day as the Red Devils make seven changes from the first leg in Belgium.

Manchester United XI: Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, James, Mata, Ighalo.

Subs: De Gea, Lindelof, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Greenwood, Chong.

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Don’t rely on UEL

Manchester United cannot bank on winning the Europa League to ensure their place in next season’s Champions League, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Old Trafford side are fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Chelsea, who occupy the fourth and final berth for Europe’s elite club competition.

“In a cup competition you never know … you cannot predict, you can’t rely on, ‘we’ll win this.’ There are good teams in it,” Solskjaer told a news conference.

“It might be a bad day, you meet someone … so we just take one game at a time, hopefully take as many points as we can in the league.”

Nice and confident, Ole…

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Evening…

Welcome to Thursday night football! Always less anticipated and its Champions League brother but I’ve developed a strange enjoyment of UEFA’s secondary competition.

Anyway, we’re here at Old Trafford as Manchester United look to navigate their way through to tomorrow’s last-16 draw.

Only Belgium’s second best side are standing in the way. What a formidable sight.

I jest, but Club Brugge really were excellent when they went away to the Bernabeu and were robbed of a famous victory. Only lost 1-0 away to PSG too.

So, settle down and standby for team news. It’s coming up next…

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MAN UTD vs CLUB BRUGGE

Manchester United have no fresh concerns heading into the Europa League last-32 second leg encounter against Club Brugge.

Marcus Rashford (back) and Paul Pogba (ankle) remain absent with long-term issues, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a 27-strong squad in training on Wednesday morning.

Axel Tuanzebe, who has not featured since December 18, and Tim Fosu-Mensah were part of training, but the United boss wants them to play for the reserves or in behind-closed-doors matches before stepping up to the first-team.

Manchester United provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Bishop, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Jones, Lindelof, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Williams, Fred, Fernandes, Garner, Gomes, McTominay, Matic, Pereira, Mata, James, Lingard, Chong, Greenwood, Ighalo, Martial.

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