Date: 26th August 2015 at 3:06pm
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Manchester United take a 3-1 aggregate lead to Belgium where they will face Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off second-leg.

Memphis Depay scored his first two goals for United, before setting up the third for Marouane Fellaini in second half stoppage-time to give Louis van Gaal’s side some breathing space after they had fallen behind early in the match when Michael Carrick put past his own goalkeeper.

18th August 2015 - UEFA Champions League - Qualifying Play-Off (1st Leg) - Manchester United v Club Brugge - Memphis Depay of Man Utd celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Newcastle provided a stern test after they held them to a goalless draw on Saturday as Wayne Rooney and his team-mates failed to find then net, but kept a third clean sheet in three league matches.

Brugge however, slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Zulte-Waregem, who leap-frogged them into fifth place in the standings thanks to goals from M’Baye Leye and Bryan Verboom.

David De Gea is not in the squad again as speculation around a possible move to Real Madrid remains as strong as ever, Phil Jones is still recovering from illness and Marcos Rojo is continuing to improve his match fitness.

Marouane Fellaini could be handed a start in attack with boss Louis van Gaal saying the Belgian will play as a forward this season. Captain and fellow striker Rooney is looking to break a goal drought that stretches back 10 matches.

Brugge are expected to be without Timmy Simons following his injury at Old Trafford, while Brandon Mechele is out through suspension after he picked up two yellow cards in the first-leg.

The Belgians can hold some hope going into this game. They are unbeaten in 10 European home games (W6 D4) and beat Panathinaikos 3-0 in this season’s third qualifying round.

A repeat of that result, or even 2-0, would send the Red Devils, who have lost their last two matches in Belgium, crashing out.

United will be looking to avoid that after failing to qualify for the Champions League group stage last term for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Key Men: Man Utd – Memphis Depay; Club Brugge – Victor Vazquez

8 August 2015 - Barclays Premier League  - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Memphis Depay of Manchester United - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Shoot says: Club Brugge 1-1 Manchester United (2-4 Agg)

 
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