United v Brugge: Everything you need to know
Manchester United return to UEFA Europa League action this Thursday, as we welcome Club Brugge to Old Trafford for the second leg of our last-32 clash.
Along with Sevilla and Porto, United are one of just three former Europa League champions (since its rebranding in 2009) left in the round of 32 and the Reds are aiming to emulate our 2017 success by going all the way again this campaign.
Here’s all the essential pre-match information that you need to know ahead of the game…
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 18:55 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.
With the aggregate score tied at 1-1 from the first leg, the balance of power is in United’s hands ahead of the reverse fixture. That away goal in Belgium means the Reds just need to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford to ensure passage through to the next round. Should the 1-1 scoreline be repeated again on Thursday, the tie will head to extra-time and then potentially penalties, if the sides cannot be separated after 120 minutes.
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WHO IS THE REFEREE?
Dutch referee Serdar Gozubuyuk will take charge of Thursday's game. The 34-year-old has officiated two matches in this season’s Europa League competition: Arsenal's 3-2 win over Vitoria SC and Borussia Monchengladbach's victory against Wolfsberger. The Haarlem-born referee has already taken charge of a game in Manchester this season and was the man in the middle when our neighbours Manchester City hosted Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League last October. Gozubuyuk will be assisted by Charles Schaap and Jan de Vries, while Allard Lindhout will assume the role of fourth official. Jochem Kamphuis will cast an eye over proceedings from the VAR studios, alongside assistant Bas Nijhuis.
The second-leg fixtures commence this Wednesday with Scottish side Rangers facing an away trip to Braga. The remaining 15 ties take place on Thursday and see fellow Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers travelling to Espanyol at 17:55 GMT, while Arsenal host Greek side Olympiakos at 20:00 GMT. Celtic are also in action at the later kick-off time and welcome Copenhagen to Glasgow. Here is the full fixture list, with the first-leg scores in brackets…
WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY
Braga v Rangers (2-3)
THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY
Basel v Apoel Nicosia (3-0)
Espanyol v Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-4)
Gent v Roma (0-1)
Istanbul Basaksehir v Sporting Lisbon (1-3)
LASK v AZ Alkmaar (1-1)
Malmo v Wolfsburg (1-2)
Porto v Bayer Leverkusen (1-2)
Ajax v Getafe (0-2)
Arsenal v Olympiacos (1-0)
Benfica v Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2)
Celtic v Copenhagen (1-1)
Inter Milan v Ludogorets (2-0)
Red Bull Salzburg v Eintracht Frankfurt (1-4)
Sevilla v Cluj (1-1)
UNITED v Club Brugge (1-1)