Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney will be looking to open his goalscoring account against Club Brugge Getty

Manchester United will take on Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League play-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday, 18 August.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 7:45pm BST. Live coverage of the match will be available on BT Sport Europe.


The Champions League returns to Old Trafford after a gap of a season. United finished fourth in the last Premiere League campaign and will feature in the play-offs. They need to overcome the Belgium outfit to make it to the group stages.

United started the 2015/16 campaign on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, followed by a similar result when they took on Aston Villa in the last match. Adnan Januzaj got his name on the scoresheet and he could start from the bench against Brugge.

Timmy Simons
Timmy Simons thanks fans after their victory over Panathinaikos Getty

Louis van Gaal will be hoping his side can maintain a third consecutive clean sheet in the midweek as that will help them when they travel to Belgium for the second leg. At the same time, the United manager will be looking for more goals from his side.

Meanwhile, Brugge sealed a 2-1 victory over Kortrijk in the last fixture. They sealed a place in the play-offs by defeating Panathinaikos 3-3 on aggregate, with an away goal, helping Michel Preud'homme's side progress further in the competition.

What managers say

Louis van Gaal: "Yes, I think when you win two times then you shall have a lot of confidence. But every match is difficult and Belgian teams can play very compactly, they can defend and a team always has a chance of winning. Like on [Friday], every team has a chance and if they score out of that chance then it shall be very difficult."

Michel Preud'homme: "Yes, I took Mourinho from Van Gaal. I had given the profiles of four candidates to the president.We looked at them and we decided to take Jose. "Of course, I was the one who proposed Jose to be the manager also after he came to the club. It's a good story. It was his first job as manager and after that he became the great Mourinho."

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Manchester United to win: 3/10
  • Draw: 17/4
  • Club Brugge to win: 8

Team form

Manchester United

  • Last five (all competitions): W W L W W
  • Last result: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

Club Brugge

  • Last five (all competitions): L W W D W
  • Last result: Club Brugge 2-1 Kortrijk

Team news

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal says nothing has changed with regards to David de Gea's future Getty Images

Manchester United

  • Injured: Phil Jones
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Depay, Herrera, Mata; Rooney.

Club Brugge

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Bolat; Meunier, Engles, Durate, De Bock; Vormer, Simons, Vanaken; Dierckx, Izquierdo, Diaby.