Manchester United’s Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira (L) fights for the ball with Membership Brugge’s Belgian midfielder Mats Rits, in the course of the UEFA Europa League spherical of 32 first leg, soccer match between Membership Brugge’s and Manchester United, on the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges on February 20, 2020. JOHN THYS / AFP
Anthony Martial struck a vital away purpose as Manchester United floor out a 1-1 draw towards Membership Brugge in Belgium on Thursday within the first leg of their Europa League final 32 tie.
Nigerian ahead Emmanuel Dennis lobbed a stranded Sergio Romero from 30 yards to present Belgian league leaders Brugge the lead on 15 minutes at a cold, rainswept Jan Breydelstadion.
Martial although hauled United degree earlier than half-time with a wonderful run and end after pouncing on a defensive lapse from Brandon Mechele.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made six adjustments to the aspect that beat Chelsea on Monday, with Romero handed one other begin in Europe whereas Victor Lindelof returned from sickness to type a three-man defence alongside Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. New signing Odion Ighalo once more started on the bench.
Brugge coach Philippe Clement, as soon as of Coventry Metropolis, handed a European debut to 19-year-old Maxim De Cuyper with captain Ruud Vormer solely match sufficient to begin among the many substitutes.
De Cuyper practically popped up with a purpose inside three minutes when Dennis escaped Maguire and skipped in the direction of Romero, his try to tug again leading to Nemanja Matic hooking towards and the ball ricocheting fortuitously over the bar.
Andreas Pereira, United’s Belgium-born Brazilian midfielder, noticed a low 20-yard drive tipped behind by Simon Mignolet, with the Brugge goalkeeper setting Dennis up for the opener moments later.
An extended kick ahead caught United quick in defence and Dennis, who scored twice towards Actual Madrid on the Bernabeu in October, outmuscled Brandon Williams earlier than lofting over Romero with the Argentine nicely off his line.
An more and more ragged United have been lucky to not fall additional behind when Mats Rits scuffed vast earlier than Romero positioned himself expertly to maintain out Dennis from a tricky angle.
Martial takes benefit
Brugge then paid a heavy worth when Mechele allowed a bouncing ball to run past him, an alert Martial seizing on the opening to race clear and steer calmly past Mignolet.
Martial nearly bagged a quickfire second as he smacked the put up simply earlier than the interval, Mignolet extending an important hand to divert the Frenchman’s curling strike simply outdoors the penalty space.
Brugge will likely be with out Eder Balanta for the return leg at Previous Trafford subsequent week after he was booked for a foul on Juan Mata, and the Colombian was changed by Vormer early within the second half.
Jesse Lingard stabbed vast whereas lunging to succeed in a teasing ball from Diogo Dalot earlier than Dennis was once more denied by Romero from a difficult place.
Odilon Kossounou squandered an excellent likelihood to place Brugge again on prime when he scuffed vast following terrific work on the proper from Dennis and a intelligent dummy from Siebe Schrijvers.
Bruno Fernandes injected contemporary life into United as he was launched for the ultimate 10 minutes, and though the 2017 champions have been unable to land a knockout blow they may fancy their probabilities of ending off the tie on residence soil.
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