Disciplined United can keep another clean sheet against Brugge
Solid-if-unspectacular would probably describe Manchester United’s start to the campaign. Two narrow victories have United among the early pace-setters in the Premier League but there are clearly issues still to address.
Chief among them is the future of David de Gea. Heavily linked with a move back to the Primera Liga, de Gea asked to be left out of United’s opener against Spurs and was then omitted by Louis van Gaal from the squad that travelled to Villa Park last Friday. As United didn’t concede in either game, there is clearly no rush to get the Spanish goalkeeper into the first team and he’s unlikely to be involved against Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.
Phil Jones is also likely to be missing again for the game against the Belgian champions so Daley Blind will almost certainly continue at centre-back following his man of the match performance against Aston Villa. In fact, it would be no surprise if van Gaal played a similar line-up to the one that started that game. Bastian Schweinsteiger still doesn’t look ready for a start, though Ander Herrera and Ashley Young are pressing for a recall – Wayne Rooney will almost certainly be the lone striker again.
Brugge are 3/4Add to betslip to score 0 goals with United available at 4/11Add to betslip to score first and win the match in our Matchflow betting. There will be smiles all round if Memphis Depay finally manages to open his United account and the Dutchman is 19/20Add to betslip to be an anytime goalscorer.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, August 18th at Old Trafford