Club Brugge v United: Essential info
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’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.
United have only played Brugge twice before and we emerged victorious on both occasion in 2015, so Ole's men will be hoping to continue that record when we travel to Belgium.
Here’s all the essential pre-match information that you need to know ahead of the game…
WHICH TV CHANNEL IS IT ON?
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 2. You can also keep across all the action on MUTV. Prior to kick-off, subscribers can watch the build-up via the ‘Match Day Live’ show from 16:45 GMT, followed by live commentary of the game itself. The match will also be replayed in full on MUTV from 00:00 GMT on Friday and at various times throughout the day.
WHO IS THE REFEREE?
Belarussian Aleksei Kulbakov is set to be the man in the middle on Thursday night. This will actually be the the 40-year-old’s third match officiating an English side this season after he took charge of Chelsea’s victory over Lille in the Champions League in October, while a month later he oversaw Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the same competition. During the latter, Kulbakov sent off City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, which famously saw defender Kyle Walker deputise between the sticks.
Unlike the group stages, VAR will be used in all knockout games in the Europa League with Italian Marco Guida taking the reins on this occasion. He will be assisted by compatriot Michael Fabbri. On the pitch, Dzmitry Zhuk and Aleh Maslianka will assume the role of assistant referees, while Dzianis Shcharbakou is set to be fourth official in Belgium.
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Our players were put through their paces on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League clash with Club Brugge.
All 16 round-of-32 Europa League first-leg ties take place on Thursday night, with eight games kicking off at 17:55 GMT and the other half at 20:00 GMT. Fellow English sides Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers both kick-off at 20:00 GMT and are play Olympiakos and Espanyol respectively. Meanwhile Celtic travel to Copenhagen at 17:55 GMT. Here is the full list of fixtures…
Cluj v Sevilla
Club Brugge v UNITED
Copenhagen v Celtic
Eintracht Frankfurt v Red Bull Salzburg
Getafe v Ajax
Ludogorets v Inter Milan
Shakhtar Donetsk v Benfica
Sporting Lisbon v İstanbul Basaksehir
AZ Alkmaar v LASK
Apoel Nicosia v Basel
Bayer Leverkusen v Porto
Olympiacos v Arsenal
Rangers v Braga
Roma v Gent
Wolfsburg v Malmo
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Espanyol
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