& # 39; It's a childhood dream come true & # 39 ;: Bruno Fernandes reveals Cristiano Ronaldo's success on Old Trafford inspired him to join Manchester United
- Bruno Fernandes admits that Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United made the & # 39; dream & # 39; & # 39;
- Ronaldo enjoyed a great success at Old Trafford and inspired their January signing
- Fernandes is determined to change the fortunes and To help United win trophies
Paul Pogba finally returns to the Manchester United training base after the last stint of rehabilitation work in Dubai, as rigid star speeds recovery for run-in Premier League
- Paul Pogba is pictured entering the Manchester United training base
- Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said he said he was & # 39; not anywhere near & # 39; training back
Midfielder had only 72 minutes of action by the first team since September
The Frenchman has only managed 71 minutes of football since he first picked up a recurring ankle problem in September, in what has become an injured season.
It comes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the Frenchman & # 39; not anywhere near & # 39; was a return to the training of the first team on Wednesday.
He was pictured as he entered the AON Carrington Training Complex of United after United returned from the 1-1 Europa League draw with Club Brugge in Belgium on Thursday evening.
Pogba aimed for a return to action in next month's Manchester derby, which last played on Boxing Day after an ankle operation in January.
Earlier this week it was reported that Pogba had to be assessed by the club's medical staff to measure his willingness to accelerate his recovery.
If the 26-year-old made a full return to training by the end of the month, he could put himself in the fight to play in the opposing city on March 8.
shared a video of his rehabilitation on his Instagram account after messages showed him last week that he was running and swimming.
Despite his injury problems, the future of Pogba in Old Traffor d is still very much in the air.
The club could be forced in the summer to sell the midfielder with long-term Real Madrid suitors worth no more than £ 50 million.
Pogba is also associated with a move back to Juventus, but they are also not expected to splash much without selling first.
Scott McTominay queuing for two-month return knee injury while Manchester United hosts Watford, confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Scott McTominay has been boxing since a knee injury Day
- He will give Manchester United a great fitness boost this weekend
- Midfielder resumed training during the club's hot weather stop in Marbella
The midfielder of Scotland is out of action since he sustained a knee injury against Newcastle on Boxing Day.
The absence of McTominay has hit United even harder because it coincided with the long-term injury discharge of [POTBAB26] Paul Pogba .
United relied heavily on Fred, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira the defensive midfie ld positions, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that McTominay could be back in the fold against Watford after resuming training at the club's warm weather stop in Marbella last week.
& # 39; I think he's in the team & # 39 ;, said Solskjaer after United's 1-1 Europa League match in Bruges. & # 39; He had a day off today so let's see what tomorrow is like.
& # 39; He is a physical copy. He is a leader, he never shakes a tackle and he takes everyone with him. He can sit with Nemanja or Fred, or he can be one of the runners in midfield.
& # 39; We were talking about that today, that we don't have that many runs beyond the rush hour. He was previously a striker, so he was used to being in the box. & # 39;
United wants to avenge a 2-0 defeat against Watford on Vicarage Road before Christmas, one of a number of defeats for teams in the lower half of the table.
& # 39; That was a very disappointing match, & # 39; Solskjaer added. & # 39; We should have won that. We gave them their two goals and had chances to clean up ourselves, but you can't win games if you don't take your chances. & # 39;
& # 39; He has quality, he is a very good finisher & # 39 ;: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced that Anthony Martial can be a striker of 20 goals for Manchester United
- Anthony Martial scored his 14th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw in Belgium
- Equalizer makes Manchester United a favorite against Club Brugge
- No player has scored 20 goals in a season since Robin van Persie in 2013
Martial & # 39; s equalizer makes United favorites to reach the last 16 of the competition when they meet Club Brugge again next week in Old Trafford.
It also brought him to 14 goals for the season after his head against Chelsea in the 2-0 win of United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Marcus Rash Ford has 19 points this season but Solskjaer thinks Martial can go even further after he van ft wing to replace his injured teammate.
& # 39; Absolutely, & # 39; said the United manager. "I think Anthony can step up, get a few more and reach the 20.
" He has quality of course, he is a very good finisher. He takes his chances very well. There is a good technique in its finish.
& # 39; He is good to occasionally receive and drop the ball. He can also play almost like a false nine. Sometimes I want him to be physically stronger. & # 39;
Solskjaer was impressed by Martial's aggression by leading United before Chelsea. & # 39;
The center-forward goal of the 80s, & # 39; he added. "I am also encouraged by his attitude this season, who want to do things that are not natural to him.
" You have to make him number 9 again after playing for so many years. . Marcus and Anthony have played broadly for a few years until the last 12 months really. & # 39;
England staff asks Manchester United for medical reports from Marcus Rashford amid growing concerns about the fitness of striker before Euro 2020
- England staff will request medical reports from Marcus Rashford questions with Man United
- Rashford is an injury doubt after picking up a double stress fracture of the back
- Gareth Southgate regards Rashford as an important part of his plans for the future
- Medications in England have spoken with United and will continue to receive updates
Rashford has become an important part of the manager Gareth Southgate plans and would be an excellent contender to become a regular during the tournament this summer, although Jadon Sancho put great pressure on the starting role of the attacker because of his glowing form in Borussia Dortmund.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raised serious doubts about the availability of Rashford for the euro on Wednesday and claimed that the player's recovery after a double back stress fracture took longer to heal than expected.
Medications have held talks with United and will continue to receive updates to keep Southgate fully informed of developments as he plans his last team for the tournament.
Southgate is desperate at Rashford, 22, to prove his suitability for the tournament – and Rashford is generally happy with his recovery and believes he can.
The United Youngster's strike partnership with Captain Harry Kane, also recovering from a long-standing hamstring injury, and Raheem Sterling is one of the most feared in international football.
But the rise of Sancho, 19, means that the English boss has a ready-made replacement for Rashford, should the United star miss.
Sancho & # 39; s form in Germany has impressed Southgate and his staff in recent weeks and he was pushing Rashford hard in the race to start England & # 39; s tournament-opener against Croatia on June 16 .
& # 39; It's hard to play with & # 39 ;: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Europa League BALL because he & # 39; light & # 39; is after Manchester United is held in Club Brugge
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the Europa League ball was flat against Club Brugge
- Manchester United thanked Anthony Martial for saving a tie in Belgium
- Japanese manufacturer Molten offers the game balls in the Europa League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the condition of the Europa League ball and believes that Manchester United and Club Brugge have impeded to play during their stalemate in the first leg of their 32-round round.
Emmanuel Dennis put Club Brugge on a dream start after catching the normally reliable Sergio Romero well out of position, but Anthony Martial took advantage of a mistake to silence the tired Jan Breydel stadium and seal to lay a 1-1 draw.
That out-goal means that United has the upper hand on their way to Old Trafford for the second leg of this final 32 tie, which makes Solskjaer generally happy.
But the United boss was ni he is overly satisfied with the Europa League ball – which is supplied by the Japanese manufacturer M olten on match days – against the Belgian leaders on a wet and windy night in Bruges.
& # 39; It was a difficult game against a well-organized team in difficult circumstances, & # 39; he said. "I don't think it was one of the best games anyone has seen.
" A bit sloppy in terms of concentration, but the conditions with the field and the ball make it difficult.
& # 39; It's just different and hard to play with, & # 39; Solskjaer said about the ball. & # 39; You can get one and try it! It is light.
& # 39; But of course it's the same for the two teams. But the circumstances were not nice, the wind and the rain.
& # 39; But anyway, strange goals for both teams. We scored their throw-in and a long kick through the middle, so lack of concentration probably from both teams there.
& # 39; We had to make everyone part of the team (so I made changes), gave those games.
& # 39; We now have so many games, so we got a away game, we got a draw. We're going home next week, so hopefully we can finish the job. & # 39;
Solskjaer hopes Thursday for better football on his part – and in an ideal world for a better ball.
Fortunately, Martial concentrated when Brandon Mechele inexplicably dropped the smashed Maxim De Cuyper, with the United forward speed and power to race before he defeated former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
& # 39; It was a charity today, & Solskjaer said. & # 39; He wasn't really in the game before he scored the goal.
& # 39; We didn't create enough or made enough points to make room for Anthony and it was a frustrating night for him until then.
& # 39; Then (a) charity and then he gets a good chance with his left foot, good blow, well saved by Mignolet. & # 39;
That second chance hit the post, but United should have fought a tough fight from the start in the eyes of Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement.
Before defeating Romero with a clumsy effort, the video assistant referee assessed a third-minute challenge from the Argentinian international on Dennis in the box.
& # 39; For me, it is a clear punishment & # 39 ;, said Clement. "When I see the images and in some countries it is a red card, if you go with two feet forward against someone's leg, it is a red card.
" All circumstances must go your way if you I'm going to beat United and tonight we didn't get that.
There seems to be a difference of opinion about the value of Paul Pogba: somewhere between £ 50 million and £ 150 million
And sometimes negotiate clubs in tens of millions. It is unlikely that Madrid's initial valuation of Gareth Bale was nearly £ 85.1 million that they eventually earned Tottenham . But not hundreds. If an admirer came to the Glazers to buy Manchester United in its entirety, it could be possible that the sides could be separated by the odd £ 100 m.
Paul Pogba & # 39; s suitors and Manchester United are a bit apart however, in their star ratings
for a player to attract such vastly different estimates, it would suggest that a deal was almost impossible.
If Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United were really as much as £ 130 million apart – it is said that United fell to £ 150m from an initial asking price of £ 180m – it would only confirm the divisiveness of the individual .
Split the difference and United would still make a profit on a player with minimal impact. How many games has Pogba determined for its then world record transaction costs of £ 89.2 million? How many games could not have been won without him?
He made some decent turns, an occasional spark, a glimpse of the player he could be to them, and occasionally he was part of a strong collective performance. Yet there is nothing that would give United his money back. Certainly nothing to justify profit.
A £ 150 million player not only wins matches, he makes the difference in title campaigns.
And it doesn't cut ice that Pogba is a midfielder and not an attacker like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. George Graham once said about Tony Adams that there were Arsenal games in which he thanked God for his leader. Competitions that he knew he would not have won without him. So this is more than just being a goal scorer.
John Terry, Vincent Kompany, N & # 39; Golo Kante, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira – all made the difference sometimes. Look at the impact Virgil van Dijk had on Liverpool.
The determining influence does not always have a No. 9 on its back.
Where is the canon of Pogba at United? Where are the games in which he doubled or even added his transfer fee? If Manchester United cannot break even on Pogba, Ed Woodward, the director, should not be accused, who just went out in 2016 and did what Jose Mourinho demanded, the fee, wages and commission the agent requires to get him to make another United.
If Woodward could get him £ 150m this summer, even £ 130m, he would earn a statue outside Old Trafford right next to that of Sir Alex Ferguson. It would be the negotiating performance of the century.
Pogba has rarely shown that he was worth the money spent on him 2017
The circumstances of Pogba are just as damaging to his appreciation as his performances. His contract – which may have an extension for another 12 months – expires in the summer of 2021.
Interested parties know that United must sell quickly or risk losing it for nothing, meaning that the purchasing club has all the tickets, especially because Pogba has already been injured most of this season. The thought of further inactivity as he ends his deal next year must fill United with horror.
We have all seen that the photos of Pogba were working hard to return, but that is all we have seen. Endless tradable images of Pogba exertion in the gym, often in exotic locations. As a sales tool he must have been enormously successful for Manchester United; as an influential player, not so much.
Think of the best of United in this campaign – victories in Chelsea and Manchester City, home victories in Tottenham and Leicester, even the draw with Liverpool – and he does not attend. His eight gigs, however, included the home defeat by Crystal Palace, the draw with Rochdale – United eventually won the penalty shoot-out – and Southampton, and the loss at Watford. Only the victory over Chelsea during the opening weekend is striking.
He was a great performance, with a lot of promise. It did not take long.
If United chief executive Ed Woodward can sell him for £ 150m, he earns a statue
Similarly, while Pogba is with United, Mino is Raiola, his agent, who tries to undermine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at every turn. He uses inflammatory language, casts shadow, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty.
If he gave Manchester United a competition winner, it could be worth it. United once paid Ruger van Nistelrooy & # 39; s agent Rodger Linse more than £ 1.2 million for convincing his husband to sign a contract he had already announced he wanted to sign.
Their explanation was that Linse Van Nistelrooy could have offered alternative options, and he was a crucial, sought after player. But what has Raiola done for them lately? He clearly turns Pogba's head, with the result that his dedication to United has been questionable for some time.
And every potential buyer knows this. They know that Pogba wants to get out, they are aware of his contractual circumstances and they have seen his standards fall. There is nothing in his current situation that suggests that Manchester United can increase its costs. Not with tens of millions; not even at 10 pounds.
If they can get their money back, this is their best thing in years. But in all likelihood, only Raiola will benefit from Pogba's time at Old Trafford – because it's not like the player has also favored his career.
It & # 39; s Red Tape 1, Football 0
The only reason football wraps itself in bureaucracy remains a mystery. With Son Heung-min injured, Tottenham urgently needs a striker. In the meantime, Olivier Giroud urgently needs playing time in Chelsea.
In any other industry, if there was a large vacancy for personnel and qualified labor available, the solution would be simple. Only in football are there rules to prevent obvious resolutions that are beneficial to everyone, and for most of the calendar year.
If a player is not used, the transfer window is trade restrictions; for a club in crisis it's madness.
Why 22-point opening at the top stays with Pep
I know a man who knows a man , who knows Pep Guardiola. And because this guy is a supporter of Liverpool, over the years they have enjoyed a little benign back and forth, the rivals of.
Then, the last time they spoke, Guardiola was suddenly serious. The gap at the top was 22 points as it is now, but Guardiola said he knew where they had gone. He did not make accurate mathematical estimates, but only gave an idea of where it was lost.
So here it is. There were six points to an absence of hunger on the part of Manchester City, Guardiola said. When a team has won the competition twice during the turn, the third season will always be difficult. Players find it hard to get up and go again. Happened in Bayern Munich, happened in Barcelona. It will be different next time.
Another six points can be attributed to Liverpool coming so close and missing last year. After that disappointment, their hunger would have increased enormously. They will have entered competitions with extra focus and determination, they will have known that the pursuit of their goal must be ruthless. Liverpool's attitude would have been worth two more wins, Guardiola said.
Six more points, Guardiola put down the absence of Aymeric Laporte. Not surprisingly, his defensive qualities, but the way he lifted the ball and the influence he had on City's forward play. Guardiola found Laporte so important to City that only his injury changed the title race. And yes, those are just 18 points.
Manchester City is close to 22. Yet they still have to play Liverpool in the Etihad, so there are three more. And Guardiola did not say he thought Manchester City should win the competition; just that they don't have to be that far away. Now this could only be a man trying to convince himself – but it doesn't sound like he would be completely reluctant to try again.
Japan denies virus threat to games
Japan insists that the corona virus will not affect the smooth and efficient functioning of this summer's Olympic Games. Of course it is. That is what Japan does. It overcomes adversity, it holds out against a catastrophe.
When a typhoon and an earthquake hit the Rugby World Cup simultaneously last fall, Japan moved on. They lost a few pool games, but the next day there was a showpiece match between the hosts and Scotland in Yokohama. It was inspiring, incredible, a real achievement.
But is it healthy? Part of Japan's coping mechanism was to insist that the typhoon hit was unpredictably rare. It wasn't that. Japan always has such events in October. And coronavirus is real too. The more lurid estimates of its threat may prove to be incorrect, but it is optimistic to believe that Tokyo will be unaffected in five months.
We cannot know what will happen from here, but the Olympics hosts are in denial. "Cancellation or postponement of the Tokyo Games was not considered," said Toshiro Muto, the president. However, it must at least become an option at a certain moment. We know how important these games are to Japan, but loss of life is more important than loss of face.
Sarrie's exodus is a warning to City
The impending exodus in Saracens was always going to happen. Owen Farrell's international career can survive outside the top division for a year, but that does not apply to teammates such as Ben Earl and Alex Lozowski, who have just entered the English team.
Farrell has nothing to prove to Eddie Jones while they have everything – and are not going to do it in the championship. Likewise, positive noises from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and other players in Manchester City mean little at this early stage where the club is still optimistic about undoing their UEFA ban. The Saracen team initially also seemed united, but individuals have now taken stock.
That's what will happen in City, so nothing is certain yet.
Matteo Guendouzi seemed like a great talent when he broke into the Arsenal team. He was a teenager with the potential to play a major role in Arsenal's transition after the departure of Arsene Wenger.
Since consistency is clearly present, consistency remains a problem. As every 20-year-old is expected to perform according to an elite standard, there are good and bad games.
Guendouzi does not always have a place in the team and now he seems to have dropped out with manager Mikel Arteta after a demanding training camp in Dubai. It is said that Arteta was not impressed by Guendouzi's attitude.
He would of course not be the first maintenance-friendly Arsenal player in recent years.
Most others, however, had at least enjoyed a good year or two before acting. Guendouzi could undoubtedly become a player – but right now, who does he think he is?
Women's rugby must do it alone
Catherine Spencer, a former English rugby captain, suggested this week an interesting question: why should the women's Six Nations play the men's competition?
Think about this. The same countries compete on the same weekends with the same list of matches. It follows that the home countries, plus France and Italy, are also the limit of the European competition in the ladies game? This is a tournament that cannot attract a title sponsor, often results in mismatches and has difficulty finding its place in the calendar. Does it even have to be attached to the current schedule?
"I feel that we are in the shadow of the men," Spencer said. & # 39; I think we have to escape. Are we going the other way and maybe two divisions and teams like Spain are involved? It is a tournament steeped in history, but I think it is hampering our development a bit. "
She is right. The Six Nations have a beautiful history, but it's the history of men. The women's version can be anything, go in any direction, forge its own identity, make its own story, include different countries, such as Spain, which beat Italy during the last World Cup, or Sweden, which made the 2010 edition and lost only 15 -9 from France. There are also options to make the game grow farther away, in Eastern Europe, but nothing can happen if the ambition stops to imitate the men.
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& # 39; You can see with top players … he is silky on the ball & # 39 ;: Robin van Persie praises the Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes because Owen Hargreaves claims that Anthony Martial & # 39; quality & # 39 ; showed against Club Brugge
- Former Manchester United striker praised Fernandes after a 1-1 draw
- Fernandes played only the last nine minutes, but it was enough to catch the eye
- Van Persie believes that Fernandes has already shown his worth to Manchester United
Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie praised Bruno Fernandes after his performance in the 1-1 draw against Club Brugge.
The £ 68 million signing in January only played the last nine minutes of the game after coming off the couch, but it was enough to catch the eye.
The midfielder of Portugal played a key role in the 2-0 victory of Monday in Chelsea and again made an impression in the Europa League Thursday of Thursday round of 32 first-line draw.
The Dutchman said to BT Sport: & # 39; He was incredible and you can see immediately with top players that they have something to add, he is silky smooth on the ball.
He has that pass, he has a nice cross and shot, he is a pleasure to watch. & # 39;
Owen Hargreaves added: & # 39; Bruges started really well; Dennis was the best player on the field in the first half, but Martial really showed his quality. & # 39;
Manchester United players smoke after Club Brugge scored goal starting with ball rolling at goal kick … but Owen Hargreaves blames Sergio Romero for coming offline and claims that & # 39; clear and obvious error & # 39 ; in defense was
- Manchester United has grooved a soft opener home awarded by Emmanuel Dennis
- United granted just seconds after attacking the other side of the field
- ] United players thought the goal should not have stood because the ball was rolling at goal kick
Manchester United players were left smoking after conceding a soft opening goal in their 1-1 draw at Club Brugge on Thursday night.
United went down 1-0 when Emmanuel Dennis came straight to the goal from a goal kick and lobed Sergio Romero who had hurried to collect the ball.
A few seconds earlier, United was on the attack before Nemanja Matic tried and failed to win a corner kick at the corner flag.
Matic thought that United should have been given a corner, but Bruges goalkeeper Simon Mignolet took a quick goal kick that allowed Dennis to score freely.
In the aftermath of the goal, United players then completed the ball rolling when Mignolet hit his goal kick, but the goal was allowed to stand.
BT Sports expert Owen Hargreaves was defensive of United & # 39; s complaints and said that their defense and Romero had failed for the purpose.
He said: & # 39; [The] first goal, Matic tries a corner and doesn't get it One quick long ball, the field is wet, Romero cannot get off his line there, United was disorganized and paid the price.
& # 39; I don't know why they didn't use VAR to judge the tackle on Matic at the corner, but the error is clear and obvious the defense of United.
& # 39; Romero is too far from his line, if he stays on his line, Bruges may not score. Young Dennis is a goal scorer, we saw that against Real Madrid. & # 39;
BT Sport expert and former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was equally devastating about the first half of United in Belgium.
& # 39; Bruges played really well in the first 35 minutes, should have been 2 or 3 zero. United looked flat and sloppy, they are lucky to still be in the game. They received a gift for the purpose.
& # 39; United has not created much, I think they were wrong positionally, they were sloppy. & # 39;
Fortunately for United, a brilliant goal from Anthony Martial, who saw him robbing the Bruges defender before he dribbled on goal and finished them an equalizer shortly before halftime.
The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer improved in the second period but could not find a second goal, although a 1-1 draw left them in a strong position for the second leg at Old Trafford.
On an evening that started with heavy rain and ended in a hailstorm, Manchester United did just enough to get away from the Jan Breydel Stadium with a draw that makes them a favorite to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.
The second leg at Old Trafford is probably no such thing as a burden on United. Bruges had a great opportunity here and deserved to use it. But after the excellent Emmanuel Dennis had led the leaders of the Belgian League forward, Anthony Martial refused them a first victory over English opposition in 11 attempts when he fired United level.
It was another of those non-inspiring nights from Ole Gunnar The side of Solskjaer when you wonder where they go under the Norwegian. Three days after the encouraging victory over Chelsea, this felt very different. The score was only positive in their favor.
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
Club Brugge (4-3-3) : Mignolet; Deli, Mechele, Kossounou, Mata Pedro Lourenco; Vanaken, Balanta (Vormer 47), Zipper; by Cruyper (Writers 73), Tau (by Ketelare 63), Dennis
Subs not used: Horvath, Mitrovic, Okereke, Ricca
Booked: Balanta, Vanaken, Mechele
Objectives: Dennis (15)
Manager: Philippe Clement
] ] Manchester United (4-1-4-1): Romero; Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Matic; Pereira (Fred 71), Lingard, Mata, Dalot (Fernandes 81); Martial (Ighalo 68)
Subs not used: Bailly, by Gea, James, Wan-Bissaka
Goals: Martial (36)
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Stadium: Jan Breydel Stadium
Solskjaer has made six changes to the team that won the Stamford Bridge Monday night – with Jesse Lingard who made his 200th appearance and Victor Lindelof his 100th – but he decided not to give Martial a rest and Odion Ighalo a full debut in the absence of Mason Greenwood.
& # 39; We previously thought of Mason game & # 39 ;, the United manager admitted for the kick-off. & # 39; He wasn't feeling well so now Anthony starts. We have many games coming. There is not too much between players and we want competition between places.
& # 39; If we want to be successful in the league, the Europa League and FA Cup, we need everyone, and today was a chance to give them a chance because we played Monday. It was a physical and mental test for everyone, so we made a few changes. & # 39;
Bruges boss Philippe Clement triggered a big surprise by dropping his captain and set-piece specialist Ruud Vormer – the only player left from the side that United faced in 2015 in a Champions League Qualifier – in favor of the more energetic Mats Rits. Clement also brought two teenagers in Odilon Kossounou and Maxim De Cuyper into a 3-5-2 formation, looking forward to including United and hitting them during the break.
Even he could not have hoped that it worked so clinically – and simplistically – in the 15th minute. A United attack broke out and former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet launched a large kickfield. It landed halfway with Dennis in pursuit alongside Brandon Williams and Diogo Dalot.
However, the crucial run was made by Sergio Romero. The goalkeeper's unexpected decision to race off his line gave him no chance to reach the ball and in no man's land. It had only bounced once before Dennis came to Williams to lob Romero and get into an empty net.
Mignolet, who helped Liverpool get United out of the Europa League in 2016, became the first goalkeeper to claim an assist in this competition since Lokomotiv Moscow & Guilherme Marinato in the same season.
It was no more than the Belgians deserved after a clear opening that United had on the back foot. The game was only a few seconds old when Luke Shaw appealed for a foul on Williams and Dennis. His cross on the edge of the six-yard box invited a finish, but Harry Maguire and Lindelof were able to solve the danger.
There was more panic in the United defense when Maguire dropped another long ball over his head, but nobody expected it except Percy Tau. This time, Romero & # 39; s dash of his line was wiser and he could go free.
The United 2 goalkeeper came to the rescue again when he saved his legs at the nearby post after Dennis had made his way past Maguire.
The pressure that Bruges expected from their Premier League opponents came only sporadically. Mignolet had to be sharp to turn away a shot from Andreas Pereira after he was founded by Lingard, but where was the threat? Where was the game plan? Passes went wrong and there was no conviction at all in the game of United.
Even the equalizer, when it arrived in the 36th minute, came from two errors. In the first place, Maguire carried the ball out of defense and struck away before playing a five-meter pass instead of Lindelof on his right.