Wayne Rooney delivered when it mattered the most for the United fans. His hat-trick and one late goal from midfielder Ander Hererra made sure that the Red Devils qualify for Europe’s most exciting footballing action- UEFA Champions League.
Full-time: Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (1-7 agg)
GOAL! Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (Herrera, 63 min; Manchester United lead 7-1 on aggregare)
Wayne Rooney Scores a hat-trick as he demolishes the Belgian defence. This is Rooney’s eighth hat-trick in Manchester United colours. Brugge have totally lost the control over the game. They’re mentally shot.
GOAL! Club Brugge 0-3 Manchester United (Rooney, 57 min; Manchester United lead 6-1 on aggregate)
GOAL! Club Brugge 0-2 Manchester United (Rooney, 49 min; Manchester United lead 5-1 on aggregate)
GOAL! Club Brugge 0-1 Manchester United (Rooney, 20 min; Manchester United lead 4-1 on aggregate)
Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin, Depay, Herrera, Mata, Rooney.
Club Brugge: Bruzzese; De Fauw, Castelletto, Duarte, De Bock; Claudemir, Vormer, Vanaken, Diaby, Vazquez, De Sutter.
— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) August 26, 2015
Michel Preud’homme, Club Brugge coach: “I’m disappointed by the first-leg result – that is clear – as we held on to a great first-leg result for so long. That final goal from Fellaini really makes it hard on us, however. But you never know in football. If we manage to score an early goal in Bruges, and if our 12th man starts backing the team 100 per cent, then we can go anywhere.”
Louis Van Gaal, Man Utd Coach: “It is a difficult ground, and it is not a simple opponent. I have read in the papers in England that it is simple and it is a walkover, but it isn’t like that. Brugge against Panathinaikos, they won 3-0 [in the previous round]. It is still a game, but because of our third goal we now have more confidence.”
Club Brugge will need to overturn a 3-1 deficit on Wednesday (26 August) if they are to oust Manchester United from the UEFA Champions League.
After that reverse at Old Trafford – and the sparkling form of some of Manchester United’s new signings – Club Brugge go into the second leg of their Champions League play-off as outsiders to progress to the competition proper.
However, Michel Preud’homme’s side do have a few factors going in their favour.
The Belgians are unbeaten in their last ten European home games – having won six of them – and have a good home record against English teams, having triumphed in six out of nine meetings.
United have also lost their last two games in the country.
But after the first leg, Preud’homme knows how important it will be to neutralise the threat of Memphis Depay.
The Dutch winger scored two and created the other goal in the teams’ opening encounter.
With Inputs from The Associated Press