Brugge boss says his side can cause United shock

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

CLUB Brugge gen­eral man­ager Vin­cent Man­naert be­lieves his side have ev­ery chance of caus­ing an up­set when they face United in the Europa League.

The Reds have been drawn to face the Bel­gian cham­pi­ons in the last-16 of the com­pe­ti­tion and have been made favourites for the fix­tures, which take place in Fe­bru­ary.

Brugge find them­selves in the Europa League af­ter fin­ish­ing third in a Cham­pi­ons League group which pit­ted them against Paris Sain­tGer­main, Real Madrid and Galatasary.

Although the Bel­gian side are yet to win a group game in Europe this season Man­naert in­sists his side have what it takes to de­feat United over two-legs when they meet.

Brugge ac­knowl­edge the tie will be in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult, but they be­lieve United’s in­con­sis­tency on the pitch could pro­vide the plat­form for an up­set.

“This is not the big­gest Manch­ester United”, Man­naert said on De Tri­bune.

“They are once again start­ing to give a chance to their phi­los­o­phy of play­ing young tal­ents and a young foot­baller like Mar­cus Rash­ford is al­ready a world-class per­former.

“But you still do not see con­sis­tent per­for­mances and that may be an op­por­tu­nity for us.

“We played in Madrid and Paris this season. It is a step for­ward we have taken this season and it is one which we can build against Manch­ester United.”

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