What can Man Utd expect from Club Brugge?

United boss Van Gaal will be happy with his Champions League draw
United boss Van Gaal will be happy with his Champions League draw

Manchester United were handed a favouable draw when they were paired with Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round – but what will the second best team in Belgium bring to the table against United?

HEAD COACH – Michel Preud'homme

This former Belgian international keeper was in goal as David Platt scored his famous goal for England in the 1990 World Cup second round, with his spinning finish sending his side into a quarter-final against Cameroon.

Preud'homme was coaching in Saudi Arabia before he returned to Belgian football with Brugge in September 2013 and he guided the club to their first trophy in eight years as they won the Belgian Cup last season.

GOAL GETTER - Tom De Sutter

This Belgian international striker has not held onto his place in the national team ranks as the likes of Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku has taken his spot in a star-studded side.

He scored ten league goals last season for Brugge and will be asked to carry the goal burden once again in the two games against United.

ONE TO WATCH - Victor Vazquez

This former Barcelona star pulls the strings for Brugge and he also has a pleasing habit of popping up with the odd crucial goal.

He made just one La Liga appearance for Barcelona before making a move to Brugge in 2011 and he has been a mainstay of the team ever since.

FINEST HOUR – 1978 European Cup Final

United supporters will be desperate to see their side overcome Brugge and make it through to the group stages of this season's Champions League, but more mature fans of the club will remember the night when they were cheering on the Belgian side in a European Cup final.

Liverpool were their opponents in the final at Wembley, as Kenny Dalglish scored a famous chipped winner (above) to give his side a win. United fans collectively sighed, as their old foes were crowned kings of Europe. Brugge also lost a 1976 UEFA Cup final against Liverpool.


Manchester United saw their odds of winning the Champions League trimmed after their were paired with Brugge in the play-off round and intriguingly, they are priced at the same level as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Barcelona 3/1

Bayern Munich 5/1

Real Madrid 11/2

Chelsea 9/1

Juventus 14/1

Manchester City 16/1

Paris Saint-Germain 16/1

Atletico Madrid 16/1

Manchester United 20/1

Arsenal 20/1