Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge: Five Talking Points
Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring United's 3rd goalMemphis Depay scored twice and created the other as Manchester United edged towards the Champions League group stages with a 3-1 win over 10-man Club Brugge. The Belgian side took an early lead through Michael Carrick's own goal. But Depay scored twice in the first half to put United ahead.Depay’s first was a composed low strike after some fantastic close control and the second was a curling 25-yard from just outside the box after cutting in from the left flank. Brugge defender Brandon Mechele was sent off with 10 minutes to play after picking up two yellow cards and Marouane Fellaini headed home the Dutchman’s cross with the final kick of the game to seal a two-goal advantage going into the second leg next Wednesday.Here are the major talking points from the game.
#1 European football returns with a bang
The barren midweeks of the last 12 months was quickly forgotten as the Champions League anthem was played out at Old Trafford for the first time since the quarter-final against Bayern Munich during the 2013/14 season. The 3-1 win over Brugge eased some fears, but the return of European football wasn’t as easy as many predicted.
Despite the home side’s dominance, Michel Preud'homme’s side were unlucky not to have scored more than once in the first half. From the moment Carrick’s own goal went in, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a dull, tight Champions League knockout tie. With both teams pushing forward and looking to score, the game was open and interesting. All those who were at Old Trafford were treated to an exciting and enthralling European tie under the Tuesday night lights.