By Imran Kardar
The European nights return to Old Trafford after a season long break with a qualifier vs Club Brugge! Yes, I said qualifier. Arsenal fans are well aware of this word but the Man United fan has hardly ever come across it. I, for one, haven’t! This is Untied’s chance to get back where they belong on the grandest stage of them all the Champions League, queue the theme music!
Okay, so much for the excitement, let’s get down to business. Team selection for this game should be interesting. LVG has a chance to make some changes and rotate the squad. I for one wouldn’t do that and would show respect to Club Brugge. Beit an easy tie on paper, in my opinion no game in Europe is easy, unless you are playing Arsenal in the first knockout stage or Man City in the group stages (pun intended)! But since this game is at home at Old Trafford I’d play a 4-4-2, get a lot of goals and kill the tie. I wouldn’t change the back four and let the continuity run. In midfield I’d play Valencia, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Depay. The wingers will give width and pace with the German engine running the show and the French bulldozer breaking up play. I would be tempted to play Januzaj as a right winger instead of Valencia but I like to see him play behind Rooney, who should play up top. So that is the lineup for me. It’ll be interesting to see if DDG starts because if he does he will be cup tied in the competition and that will all but end the transfer to Real Madrid this summer.
LVG has some interesting choices to make for the game. He will also have Fellaini available for selection as he is current serving a three match ban in the EPL for a direct red in the final game of last season. I would give him a go in the game at a later stage as he offers a different dimension to United’s play. Whatever the selection may be, the fans want to see a good performance. United will have to kill the tie and a 1-0 score line just won’t cut it with the fans or the critics. So basically the Red Devils should come out all guns blazing!
Glory, Glory, Man United!