A Memphis Depay brace inspired Manchester United to victory as the Red Devils secured a crucial win over Club Brugge on a night where Champions League football returned to Old Trafford (First published on AllSportsNews)
The Manchester outfit came into tonight’s fixture realizing that a sizable foothold would see the Red Devils edge closer to the Champions League Group Stage.
Yet after eight minutes Club Brugge took a surprising 1-0 lead at the expense of their hosts, thanks to a defensive error in judgement from Michael Carrick,
The home side stepped up their game soon-after, as the host’s fielded fast passing play that reflected the United of old.
It was in the 13th minute when United finally earned a goal back, thanks to a Memphis Depay strike. Carrick redeemed himself for his earlier own goal by playing a smooth pass to Memphis along the edge of the Brugge box.
The Dutch international bamboozled the opposing defense with a series of ‘touch and go’ plays, dealing the finishing blow which planted the ball into the bottom of the away goal.
United soon began to regain confidence as they pressed Brugge, with Memphis and Juan Mata linking up well to create a series of chances that could have propelled the Red Devils ahead.
Brugge’s Abdoulay Diaby attempted to trouble Sergio Romero in the 34th minute, but the Malian international failed to control a series of passes that could have troubled the Argentinian goalkeeper.
Memphis bagged his second goal in the 43rd minute courtesy of a Daley Blind pass on the left wing. Cutting inside the Brugge defense and along the box, Memphis curled in a powerful strike from outside the penalty area to give United the edge going into the second half.
Despite poising a series of dangerous counter-attacking displays, Brugge began to falter as United dictated the tempo of the game.
The visitors became more prone to fouls and allowed United to launch a salvo of attacking shots on Sebastien Bruzzese.
As the match slowed down during the final ten minutes the Belgian’s saw defender Brandon Mechele earn his second booking for bring down United substitute, Javier Hernandez, reducing the visitors to ten men.
Regardless of an uninspiring second half, substitute Marouane Fellaini came on to score United’s third in his first competitive start of the season.
The 27-year old Belgian International headed Memphis’ cross past Bruzzese and handed the Red Devils a sizable margin, going into the second fixture.