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Manchester United v Club Brugge Live Commentary, 27/02/2020

5 - 0
Bruno Fernandes (27 pen)
O. Ighalo (34)
S. McTominay (41)
Fred (82)
Fred (90+3)
Old Trafford


That brings an end to our coverage of the last-32 second leg between Manchester United and Club Brugge in the Europe League. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!
United will find out their last-16 opponents for the Europa League during tomorrow’s draw. In their next fixture, however, they return to Premier League action against Everton as they look to continue their good form. Brugge, meanwhile, travel to Genk as they look to bounce back.
At the end of a highly-entertaining contest, United progress into the next round of the Europa League. After Deli was sent off for handball on the 22-minute mark, the home side made Brugge pay with three first-half goals from Fernandes, Ighalo and McTominay to send them in at the break with a comfortable lead. In the second half, Solskjaer’s side controlled proceedings before a brace from Fred sealed the result and booked United’s place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
T. Chong
Manchester United
90' + 3' The home side have been ruthless this evening and, since coming on, Chong has continued to cause problems down the left flank. On this occasion, his weight of pass is perfect for Fred to latch onto, with the Brazilian rounding off the contest with a wonderful strike.
Manchester United
90' + 3' GOAL! Fred gets his second of the match! Chong once again finds himself in acres of space down the left side of the field. The youngster gets his head up and picks out Fred on the edge of the box, who calmly slots the ball beyond Mignolet and into the bottom left corner. 5-0.
90' + 1' NOT FAR AWAY! Ighalo lays the ball off to Greenwood who has the space ahead of him to drive at the Brugge defence. The Englishman sets himself before firing a well-struck effort wide to the right of Mignolet’s goal.
90' There will be three added minutes at the end of this match.
90' INCHES WIDE! Chong breaks away down the left-hand side of the box after being found by Lingard, and his left-footed shot just fizzes beyond the far post. So close to a fifth.
88' United win a corner to the left off Mitrovic, but the away side are able to clear their lines from the resulting set-piece.
86' CHANCE! Mata sends a glorious ball down the right-hand side of the field for Greenwood to chase and, after latching onto the pass, he steers it across goal for Lingard. The substitute opens up his body but is denied by Mignolet in the centre of the goal.
84' Fred goes in late on De Ketelaere and the away side win a free-kick down the left flank.
J. Lingard
Manchester United
82' Despite being out of sight, United have not taken their foot off the gas and are still looking for more goals. Lingard is quickest to react and knock the ball beyond Mitrovic before showing great awareness to pick out Fred who turned it into the back of the net. Another well-worked goal.
Manchester United
82' GOAL! United add a fourth! The home side are quick to press with Brugge looking to play the ball around in their own half. Shaw wins possession back for the hosts and knocks it to Lingard, who beats his man down the left-hand side of the box before steering it back for Fred and the Brazilian has the simplest of finishes to put the game beyond the Belgian side. 4-0.
80' De Ketelaere tries his luck from range, but his strike is well blocked by Maguire.
C. De Ketelaere
M. Rits
Club Brugge
79' The visitors make their final substitution of the game with De Ketelaere replacing Rits. There are just over 10 minutes of normal time left to play.
78' JUST WIDE! Greenwood receives the ball just in from the right flank and unleashes a fierce strike from distance which just evades the near post.
76' As things stand, United currently lead Brugge 4-1 on aggreagte, meaning that the away side need to score three goals without reply in order to progress.
74' Following a short corner from the left, Lingard lashes a right-footed drive from long range well wide of Mignolet’s far post.
M. Greenwood
S. McTominay
Manchester United
72' The home side make their third and final change of this second leg with Greenwood entering the fray in place of McTominay, who scored United’s third goal.
71' Mata switches the play over to the left for Chong, who overhits his pass for Shaw and Mignolet is able to claim it.
69' GOOD SAVE! After Chong’s low cross from the left is hooked away from Ighalo, Shaw picks up the loose ball down the left side of the box and fires straight at Mignolet from close range.
67' United are unbeaten in their last 12 home UEFA Europa League games since losing to Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Club in March 2012.
J. Lingard
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
65' Solskjaer now makes his second substitution of the match as the scorer of the opening goal, Fernandes, is replaced by Lingard. The Portuguese international goes off to a well-deserved standing ovation.
64' There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as Chong is down and in need of treatment after clashing with Mignolet in seeking to latch onto a lofted throughball. He is now back to his feet and should be fine to continue.
M. Mitrović
Clinton Mata
Club Brugge
62' It is a double change for Brugge as Mata is replaced by Mitrovic.
K. Diatta
P. Tau
Club Brugge
61' The away side make their first change of the match with Diatta coming on in place of Tau. It remains 3-0.
61' After some patient play, Mata lets Fernandes’ pass go through his legs and into the path of Ighalo, but the Nigerian cannot quite get the ball out of his feet and is quickly dispossessed by Mechele.
59' McTominay is a little too eager in looking to win the ball from De Cuyper and concedes a free-kick inside the Brugge half.
58' Tau tries to use his pace to get beyond Maguire on the break down the right wing, although his touch is too heavy and the ball runs out for a throw-in.
56' Fernandes picks up the loose ball in the centre of the park and slides it down the left flank for Chong. Mata, however, is able to get back deny the substitute getting a cross into the box.
54' Fred’s lofted throughball finds Mata on the edge of the box and the Spaniard is brought down by Kossounou from behind. Fernandes steps up to take the free-kick, but sends it wildly past the far post.
52' Shaw attempts to skip beyond Tau and is impeded by the attacker in the process. The hosts are awarded a free-kick down the left flank which they opt to take quickly.
50' Maguire turns Rico’s cross from the left behind for a corner. De Cuyper’s out-swinging delivery is headed away by Shaw at the near post.
48' Mata clips Ighalo and United win a free-kick in a dangerous area down the left wing. Fernandes floats the delivery in towards the penalty spot and Mechele is able to head it clear.
46' We are back underway! Gozubuyuk, the referee, blows his whistle and United get the second half kicked off.
T. Chong
D. James
Manchester United
46' The home side make one change at the break with Chong coming on to replace James.
The hosts will be delighted with their first-half performance and will look to continue in much the same fashion after the restart. Fernandes has been exceptional thus far in the match with Brugge struggling to get near him whenever he picks up the ball. The visitors, meanwhile, will be looking at damage limitation after the restart. Since going down to ten men, they have failed to get out of their own half for a sustained period of time, and it is vital that they get someone to pick up Fernandes if they are to keep the score down in the second half.
After a dominant opening half, United take a three-goal lead in at half time. Following a clear-cut handball in the area, Deli was sent off after 22 minutes before Fernandes converted the resulting penalty. Ighalo then turned home Mata’s cut back seven minutes later to double the home side’s lead, before a well-struck effort from McTominay made it three in the closing stages of the first half.
45' + 2' Fernandes slides a forward ball into Ighalo and Mechele was well placed to deny the Nigerian who had almost skipped beyond him in the centre of the area.
45' There will be three added minutes at the end of the first half.
43' Okereke looks to latch onto Mata’s long, searching pass, but the forward just made his run a fraction too early is flagged for offside.
Manchester United
41' Fernandes is continuing to demonstrate that he is the spark that United have long been missing. He draws two men over to try and defend him before playing a lovely reverse ball to Fred, who calmly tees it up for McTominay. United look to be out of sight here.
S. McTominay
Manchester United
41' GOAL! United are running away with it! Fernandes is outnumbered by the corner flag but cleverly steers the ball into the path of Fred. The Brazilian drives into the penalty area before laying it off to McTominay, who finds the bottom left corner from the edge of the box with a superbly struck effort. Mignolet stood no chance. 3-0.
40' McTominay looks for Ighalo with a ball in behind the Brugge defence. The referee’s assistant, however, has his flag up for offside against the Nigerian.
38' SMART REFLEX SAVE! James’ close-range strike is well blocked by Mechele, but the rebound falls kindly for Ighalo. The forward creates a yard of spacing after spinning away from his marker before drawing a smart save from Mignolet who was quickly down to palm the shot away when it looked destined for the bottom left corner.
36' Prior to this match, Brugge have never won an away European match in England (including qualifiers), drawing two and losing 10 of 12 previous visits.
Manchester United
34' Fernandes has been at the heart of absolutely everything so far for United, and his pass over to the right for Mata is perfectly weighted. The winger then shows great awareness to put it on a plate for Ighalo who simply cannot miss. A wonderfully worked goal.
O. Ighalo
Manchester United
34' GOAL! Ighalo grabs his first United goal! Fernandes twists and turns on the edge of the area before floating a lofted throughball down the right side of the box for Mata. The Spaniard cuts it back and Ighalo is quickest to react to turn it home from close range. 2-0.
33' WIDE! McTominay is once again pulling the strings as he lofts a glorious pass into the path of James who found space down the left side of the box. The Welshman opens up his body but fails to get enough curl on his effort as it sails wide of the far post.
32' McTominay floats an in-swinging ball in the middle of the box for Fernandes, but the Portuguese international cannot quite get the right contact on the delivery and it runs out for a goal-kick.
31' There is a tussle between Maguire and Tau as the United defender looked to shield the ball out for a goal-kick, and the decision is given to the hosts as they are awarded a free-kick deep inside their own half.
29' United have won more penalties (15) and scored more spot-kicks (11) in all competitions this season than any other Premier League side.
Bruno Fernandes
Penalty Goal
Manchester United
27' GOAL! Fernandes gives United the lead! After being forced to wait while VAR checked the penalty and red card decisions, he stutters his run up, sends Mignolet the wrong way, and finds the bottom left corner. 1-0.
S. Deli
Red Card
Club Brugge
22' After a lengthy VAR check, Deli is sent off for that earlier handball after he dived to stop McTominay’s curling shot. He can have absolutely no complaints with that decision.
22' PENALTY! Following some neat play down the left flank, a ball inside is cleverly flicked on by Fernandes into the path of McTominay, who sees his goal-bound shot blocked by the arm of Deli. Fernandes will take it...
20' Brugge looked to be advancing into a promising position after some neat passes in the centre of the park before Vanaken fires a loose ball out for a throw-in down the left-hand side of the field in looking for De Cuyper.
18' Ighalo cleverly turns after receiving the ball from Fernandes before firing straight at Mechele from range.
17' Mata is caught by James in seeking to win an aerial duel and the visitors are awarded a free-kick in their defensive third.
15' Fred’s out-swinging corner from the left is sent deep into the area towards Maguire, but Mechele rises highest to steer the set-piece delivery out of the danger area.
13' Ighalo is caught by Mechele and the hosts win a free-kick inside their own half.
12' ANOTHER CRUCIAL SAVE! Wan-Bissaka presses high up the park and blocks De Cuyper’s pass. The loose ball drops to Fernandes on the edge of the box and he is once again denied by Mignolet who gets a strong right hand to the strike.
11' OVER THE BAR! Vanaken strides down the left before cutting onto his right foot and curling a dangerous cross into the box. Romero can only punch it to the edge of the area while under pressure from Tau, where Rits volleys a cushioned effort over the bar. He should have done better there.
9' Fernandes combines well with Wan-Bissaka down the right wing, creating space for the Englishman to drive a low cross into the box which is hooked to safety by Rits.
7' Mata is alert to the threat of James as he uses his strength to take the ball away from the Welshman when he looked to skip beyond him down the left flank.
5' The home side are still working the ball around confidently as they look to grab an early goal. Maguire bursts forward before going down on the edge of the box under pressure from Rits, but the referee waves play on.
3' OFF THE POST! Moments after Okereke appeared to be clean through at the other end, United regain possession and launch a quick counter. Fernandes drives at the heart of the defence before seeing his well-struck shot from range tipped onto the post by Mignolet.
3' SMART SAVE! Mata works some space on the edge of the box to have a strike at goal, but Mignolet is quickly down to his right to deny the Spaniard. The hosts have started well here.
2' OPENING! After taking a short corner down the left-hand side, United eventually swing the ball into the area. Mignolet misses his punch and Maguire’s close-range strike is well blocked.
1' Kick off! The referee, Serdar Gozubuyuk, blows his whistle and Brugge get the game underway.
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have hosted Brugge once previously in a European game, winning 3-1 in a Champions League qualifier back in August 2015.
In their last 12 matches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have improved from a consistency standpoint, losing only three games in that time. The hosts have also won all three of their home Europa League matches thus far in the competition, scoring eight goals and conceding none. After conceding an away goal in the first leg, Phillipe Clement’s side need to score at Old Trafford if they are to have any chance of progressing to the next round. In all competitions, the visitors have scored in 10 of their previous 12 matches, and they will need to be at their best offensively to break down United’s resolute defence.
The home side make five changes to the side that recently been Watford in the Premier League with Romero, Bailly, McTominay, Mata and Ighalo coming into team in place of De Gea, Lindelof, Matic, Greenwood and Martial. Brugge, on the other hand, have made six alterations for this fixture following their Belgian Pro League match against Charleroi. Lois Openda, Eder Alvarez Balanta, Sobol, Ruud Vormer, Emmanuel Bonaventure and De Ketelaere are all replaced by Rica, Rits, Kossounou, De Cuyper, Okereke and Tau.
CLUB BRUGGE SUBS: Ethan Horvath, Eduard Sobol, Majet Mitrovic, Charles de Ketelaere, Siebe Schrijvers, Michal Krmencik, Krepin Diatta.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Brandon Williams, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood.
CLUB BRUGGE (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Clinton Mata, Brandon Mechele, Simon Deli, Federico Rica; Mats Rits, Odilon Kossounou, Hans Vanaken; Maxim De Cuyper, David Okereke, Percy Tau.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; Odion Ighalo.
After drawing 1-1 in the first leg back at Jan Breydel Stadium, the home side will come into this clash full of confidence having beaten Watford 3-0 in their last Premier League outing. Brugge, meanwhile, also extended their unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over Charleroi in their most recent domestic fixture.
Hello and welcome to live match coverage of the Europa League last-32 second leg between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford.