Manchester United tackle Belgian outfit Club Brugge at Old Trafford tonight in a Champions League qualifying tie, and the Premier League club will be looking to win all three points.
Some players are expected to start tonight, while others are expected to miss out on come in from the bench. According to the Guardian, young Belgian Adnan Januzaj will likely start for United in the Champions League third qualifying round encounter against Brugge later today.
Januzaj was surprisingly played from the start by manager Louis van Gaal when the Red Devils played Aston Villa last Friday, with the 20-year starting in the number 10 role. The Belgian international forward was the difference as United won 1-0. He scored the match winner in the first half as he grabbed the opportunity van Gaal gave him with both hands.
Squawka notes that the silky play-maker completed 81% of his passes, and completed two of his take-ons against Tim Sherwood’s side. However, Januzaj will now be rewarded for his admirable performance against Aston Villa, and he will be starting tonight alongside Spanish wizard Juan Mata – who will play on the right flank, and Memphis Depay, who will start in the left wing role, writes the Guardian.
The broadsheet goes further that Michael Carrick will get the nod at the heart of the midfield and new boy Morgan Schneiderlin is also expected to continue his partnership with the 34-year old Englishman.
In central defence, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind will start as partners, with Phil Jones still sidelined with mild thrombosis. The duo will be joined at the back, with Matteo Darmian at right-back and Luke Shaw at left-back.
Meanwhile, in between the sticks, Sergio Romero should start, as per the Guardian, with the future of David De Gea still uncertain.
Here is the Guardian’s assumed line-up against Club Brugge: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Januzaj, Depay; Rooney.