Some positive reading before Man Utd vs Club Brugge kicks-off.
Manchester United go into tonight’s second leg against Club Brugge after going unbeaten in their last 12 home Europa League games (W10 D2) since losing to Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao in 2012.
That’s a promising record to see heading into the quickly approaching clash against Brugge. We drew the first leg 1-1, coming away with an away goal thanks to Anthony Martial, who has been rested for tonight’s game.
It’s important that we are strong defensively which is why Harry Maguire is the one to partner Eric Bailly, who is being eased into first team action again after being out with a knee injury he picked up during pre-season.
Tonight is a big test for Bailly, but let’s just hope he can go another 90 minutes without getting injured.
The resilient statistic in question, as seen below via OptaJoe, should go 13 games unbeaten tonight.
12 – Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 home UEFA Europa League games (W10 D2) since losing to Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Club in March 2012. Resilient. #UEFAEuropaLeague pic.twitter.com/sf9mvCnAdf
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2020
Ideally, United will get the job done early — with a 2-0 goal lead at half-time. Then Solskjaer can take a player or two off if he feels they’re at risk ahead of Sunday’s meeting.
Odion Ighalo gets a real chance to shine with it being his first start for the club.
And seeing Bruno Fernandes in the team again tonight shows that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already considers him a key player.