Man United expected starting lineup against Club Brugge-Second Leg

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Manchester United look set to enter the Champions League group stages after a gap of one year as they travel to Belgium with a comfortable lead. Memphis Depay was the star of the show at Old Trafford as United recovered from an early Michael Carrick own goal to beat the Belgium side 3-1. The score was 2-1 until the very last second as Fellaini scored a header to almost seal the tie in the dying moments.

Although Champions League qualification is more than assured for United,their performances have been anything but assuring. Against Newcastle,United dominated possession but failed to score and they were lucky not to concede at the end. The defence has kept three straight clean sheets in the Premier League but is yet to be tested against high quality opposition. Darmian has settled well at right back and Chris Smalling has continued his excellent form from end of last season.

The biggest problem for Van Gaal at the moment is the form of Wayne Rooney. Rooney has declined as a player over the past few season,but the start he has had this season is quite dramatic and it will take something special from the scouser to become the bulldozing striker he was in his younger days again.


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