Manchester United return to UEFA Europa League action on Thursday night with a trip to face Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says January signing Odion Ighalo is in contention to start the first leg of Manchester United’s Europa League last-32 game against Club Bruges on Thursday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side come into the game on a run of three wins in four matches, following Monday night’s impressive 2-0 away win at Chelsea in the Premier League.
Club Bruges are expected to win their 16th Belgian title having established a nine-point lead, with former Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet having played a major role in their success this season.
Club Brugge are winless in their last 10 meetings with English sides in all competitions (D2 L8) since a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the 1994-95 Cup Winner’s Cup quarter-final.
United and Brugge have faced each other twice before, with the Red Devils winning 3-1 away and 4-0 at home in 2015-16 Champions League qualifying.
Brugge were eliminated from the Europa League at this stage last season, last progressing from a knockout tie in the competition in 2014-15 (last 16 v Besiktas).
United are unbeaten in their last 10 Europa League knockout stage games (W6 D4), since a 2-0 loss at Liverpool in March 2016. Indeed, they won the competition the last time they were in it in 2016-17.
United have fielded 32 different players in the Europa League this season, more than any other side. They’ve also had 11 different teenage players play for them in the competition this season, more than double that of any other side.
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