Confirmed: United team to face Brugge

Thursday 20 February 2020 16:40

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his side to face Club Brugge in Belgium this evening, with six changes from Monday's 2-0 win over Chelsea.

New signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have been named among the substitutes, with the latter still waiting to make his full debut after arriving on a six-month loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

Sergio Romero, Luke Shaw and Juan Mata, who are the Reds’ only survivors from the team that played here in August 2015, all start, with the Argentinian goalkeeper looking to keep up his unblemished record in goal in Europe this season.

Solskjaer on Ighalo, Greenwood and our starting XI Video

Solskjaer on Ighalo, Greenwood and our starting XI

The manager explains the thinking behind his six changes...

Shaw keeps his place as one of three central defenders in what looks like a back five, with him, captain Harry Maguire and the fit-again Victor Lindelof being flanked by Diogo Dalot on the right and Brandon Williams on the left.

Mata, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira – who grew up in Belgium – form a midfield three, behind split strikers Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, each of whom have already scored away from home in continental competition in 2019/20.

It’s a strong-looking bench for the Reds, with David De Gea, Eric Bailly, Fred, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka being rotated out of the side after Monday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Here are the full line-ups for tonight's game which you can follow in our Match Centre...

United: Romero; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw, Williams; Mata, Matic, Andreas; Lingard, Martial.
Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Fred, Fernandes, James, Ighalo, Wan-Bissaka.

Brugge: Mignolet, Balanta, Kossounou, Deli, Vanaken (c), Rits, Tau, Bonaventure, Mechele, Mata, De Cuyper.
Subs: Horvath, Okereke, Mitrovic, Schrijvers, Ricca, Vormer, De Ketelaere.