Late header gives United a two goal advantage
August 19 2015
After falling behind to an early Michael Carrick deflected own goal, Manchester United hit back a few minutes later when the club's new number 7 Memphis Depay, scored to level the tie after 13 minutes. Depay's second goal just before half time was a superb shot from outside the penalty box which gave United a half time lead. The visitors from Belgium were matching the home team and as suspected were backed by a large and loud support. The game looked to be heading for a narrow home win even after Brugge were reduced to 10 men for a second yellow card offence by Mechele.
However substitue Marouane Fallaini who had replaced skipper Wayne Rooney headed in with less than a second to spare in front of a grateful and delighted Stretford End. The two goal cushion probably reflects the possession but the Belgian side worked extremely hard and will be disappointed to have conceded a third goal so late in the game.
The final score was Manchester United 3 v Club Brugge 1
The Manchester United manager speaking on BT Sport after the match said "We deserved much more because we created a lot of chances. It is what I am always saying, you have to be effective. We have a lot of chances and only three goals. I am happy because of the last goal. We have practised that before. We put him in the penalty area because he has that quality. It is not a simple opponent. It is still a game but, because of that last goal, it is more confident for us."
The stats show United had 19 (8 on target) shots against 1 (1 on target) and the home team enjoyed 69% possession.
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