United go to Belgium defending a 3-1 first-leg lead.
Captain Wayne Rooney has come to symbolise United’s problems in the opposition penalty area, having gone 10 club games without finding the net, but team-mate Chris Smalling believes there are no issues with the England striker’s confidence.
“We know that they are a good team, particularly at home, but we’ll be going out to win and we know what we have do”. Usually used as an inverted left winger who cuts onto his right foot, a pacey and tricky player, with his direct running making him a hard opponent for defenders, Memphis (who plays under his given name to spite his absent father who left him and his mother when he was four) will once again be the biggest challenge for the defence of Club Brugge.
On the team front, United will again be without Phil Jones (thrombosis), while Van Gaal must decide whether to stick with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made his full debut against the Magpies, or revert to Michael Carrick in the holding midfield position.
Club Brugge head coach Michel Preud’homme can only envy the selection dilemmas facing Van Gaal as he attempts to forge a team from a squad that has been ravaged by injury. Still, Timmy Simmons will be ruled of the clash after the muscle strain he sustained during the weekend, and some other names are unable to feature for the hosts as well, including Refelov, Meunier and Castillo, and Brandon Mechele will be suspended after he picked up two yellow cards last Tuesday.
From the Bulgarian Pro League, Club Braga was the runner ups last season and for that they can qualify them onto the qualification round of Champions League.
Marca also have said that De Gea has been “convinced” the whole time that a transfer to La Liga would have happened quickly, yet he still awaits his fate after months of speculations and now this unwanted torture.
Following their first-leg victory, Manchester United have won all five previous Champions League qualifying matches. “It was a really great feeling for me and I am happy that we managed to win”. On that they was lost by 3-1 goals vs. Manchester United.
“Last year we were disappointed and the most important thing for us is to make sure we qualify and get those special nights back here”.