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Champions League Playoff: Depay Double Rescues ManU In 3-1 Win Over Bruges

Manchester United’s Memphis Depay, right, goes past Brugge’s Dion Cools during the Champions League play-off round, first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester United’s Memphis Depay, right, goes past Brugge’s Dion Cools during the Champions League play-off round, first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Memphis Depay scored a first-half double and provided a late assist for Marouane Fellaini to lead the English team to a 3-1 win over Bruges in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring against Brugge during the Champions League play-off round, first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring against Brugge during the Champions League play-off round, first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Playing his third match in United’s iconic No. 7 shirt, the Netherlands winger rescued his new club from potential embarrassment after the Belgian side took a surprise 8th-minute lead through an own goal by Michael Carrick.

Depay equalized five minutes later with a low shot and gave United the lead with a curling shot from 20 meters in the 43rd.

Bruges had defender Brandon Mechele sent off in the 80th for two bookings, before Depay whipped in a cross that substitute Fellaini headed in with virtually the last touch of the game.

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