Manchester United return to European action against Club Brugge on Thursday night.
It has been a tough season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but things may be looking up at the right time. Given Man City have been suspended from the Champions League for two years subject to appeal, fifth place in the Premier League could now be a route into Europe’s most prestigious competition, and so could winning the Europa League.
However, Brugge will not be an easy side to beat, though, simply because they have come down from the Champions League after finishing third in their group which also included Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
They were good enough to get a draw away at Real Madrid earlier this season.
With Marcus Rashford continuing to recover from injury, Solskjaer will be looking to goalscorer in Monday’s win over Chelsea, Anthony Martial, as well as new boy Odion Ighalo who only played a few minutes after coming off the bench.
Mason Greenwood has scored four goals in this season’s Europa League and we think he is certain to start tomorrow night.
Dennis Bonaventure is the key man to watch for Brugge. His pace caused Sergio Ramos problems at the Bernabeu, so Harry Maguire will need to be one step ahead on Thursday night.
With Bruno Fernandes eligible to play, this is another opportunity for him to impress in his new surroundings and we fancy another goal contribution from the Portugal international.
We’re predicting a 1-0 win for United.