Club suffers a 5-0 defeat against Man United

Club's European campaign ended at Old Trafford. Simon Deli was sent off with a straight red card after keeping a ball out with his hand halfway the first half and afterwards the hosts slotted home three goals before the break. Despite a spectacular Mignolet, Manchester United scored two more goals in the final minutes of the game against a young and very unexperienced Club.

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Balanta suspended, Vormer and Dennis injured. Coach Philippe Clement was forced to tinker with his line-up. Like last week's match, Odilon Kossounou and Maxim De Cuyper played on the wings. Federico Ricca played in the middle with Rits and Vanaken, while Percy Tau teamed up with David Okereke in front.

Sobol, Openda and Ketelaere had to make way.

De Cuyper en duelo con Fred
De Cuyper en duelo con Fred

It was a lively start from the hosts who wanted an early goal. Mignolet parried away Mata's effort and needed a fingertip save to push Fernandes' shot against the post. Club tried to open the scoring on the break, but Okereke failed to keep a long ball from Mignolet under control and Rits aimed too high.

Manchester were close again when Fernandes unleashed a drive which Mignolet saved well with a splendid reflex.

Deli recibió la tarjeta roja a mediados de la primera mitad
Deli recibió la tarjeta roja a mediados de la primera mitad
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The Mancunians kept applying sustained pressure on the blue and black. Halfway the first half it payed off when Simon Deli kept out James' curling effort with his hand. Red card for the Ivorian and a penalty for the Reds. Bruno Fernandes rolled it in from the spot to give his side the lead.

 

Club with ten now, so Clement had to move some players around. Ricca to the heart of the defence, Tau dropping to a midfield position. Okereke was now the only striker.

Manchester United pushed through and doubled the lead ten minutes before half-time. First James' sent his finish wide, but when Juan Mata headed the ball in front of goal on a brilliant through ball by Fernandes, Ighalo couldn't miss from closeby.

 

A few moments later Mignolet had to deny Ighalo a second goal. But Big Si had to pick a third goal out of his net before the break when McTominay struck home.

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The tempo dropped after the break. Apart from a Fernandes free-kick, both sets of fans had little to cheer about. Clement brought on Mitrovic and Diatta for Mata and Tau after an hour play, but that didn't change a lot.

Club couldn't keep the ball so Manchester had a lot of possession which led to a couple of chances. Halfway the second half Mechele blocked Chong's effort and Mignolet palmed away a shot by Shaw.

Mignolet jugó un excelente partido a pesar de encajar cinco tantos
Mignolet jugó un excelente partido a pesar de encajar cinco tantos

The half-time score looked to be the final score as well, but that was without Fred. He fired in on a pass from Lingard (4-0). Mignolet saved a shot by Lingard, while efforts from Chong and Greenwood flew wide. In the final minutes Fred scored a second goal, this time on a pass by Chong.

 

 

UEFA Europa League – 1/16th final (second leg)

Attendance: 74.000 – Old Trafford

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Net)

Manchester United: Sergio Romero – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Juan Mata, Fred, Bruno Fernandes (65’ Jesse Lingard), Scott McTominay (72’ Mason Greenwood), Daniel James (46’ Tahith Chong) – Odion Ighalo. Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata (61’ Matej Mitrović), Brandon Mechele, Simon Deli – Odilon Kossounou, Mats Rits (79’ Charles De Ketelaere), Hans Vanaken, Federico Ricca, Maxim De Cuyper – David Okereke, Percy Tau (61’ Krépin Diatta). Bank: Ethan Horvath, Eduard Sobol, Michael Krmenčík en Siebe Schrijvers. Coach: Philippe Clement.

Yellow cards: none

Red cards: 22’ Deli.

Goals: 27’ Fernandes (penalty, 1-0), 34’ Ighalo (2-0), 41’ McTominay (3-0), 82’ Fred (4-0), 93’ Fred (5-0).

 

Report - Steven Floin

Man United - Club Brugge 27-02-2020

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