Manchester United host Club Brugge on Thursday aiming to book their place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The two sides fought out a drab 1-1 draw in Belgium last week and United will fancy their chances of completing the job back at Old Trafford.

The Belgian side took the lead in the first leg, but a cool finish by Anthony Martial ensured that United would return to Manchester with a valuable away goal.

United are priced at odds of 19/40 at Betway 98 online betting to win the game and that looks a fair reflection of their chances of success.

They will head into the game in a buoyant mood having defeated Watford 3-0 to move up to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday.

Club Brugge beat Charleroi 1-0 on the same day to retain their place at the top of the Belgian First Division A. They have lost just once in the league this term and are nine points clear of Gent.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba remain on the sidelines for United, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options have been boosted for the second leg.

Scott McTominay is pushing for a recall to the starting XI after making a late appearance as a substitute against Watford, while Mason Greenwood has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the game in Belgium.

Greenwood may have to settle for a place on the bench, but he may be worth an interest at odds of 13/10 with Betway88 to get on the scoresheet during the game.

Club Brugge have been handed a double injury blow for the game, with Emmanuel Dennis and Ruud Vormer ruled out of the trip to Old Trafford. Eder Balanta also misses out due to suspension.

The Belgian side have never won a competitive match in England and were beaten 3-1 in the Champions League play-offs on their last visit to Old Trafford back in 2015/16.

They have drawn two and lost 10 of their 12 previous games on English soil and odds of 6/1 with Betway88 to defeat United highlights the size of the task they face.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 12 Europa League home games and won all three without conceding a goal in this season’s group stage.

With the Europa League offering a direct route into next season’s Champions League, United will undoubtedly be eager to make progress in the competition.

Although they climbed up to fifth in the Premier League over the weekend, they are far from guaranteed to qualify for Europe’s top club competition via their league position.

Participation in the Champions League is crucial to United’s hopes of attracting players this summer and Solskjaer is sure to have his players fired up on Thursday.

They are currently priced at 6/1 with Betway88 to win the Europa League and those odds are likely to be cut if they progress to the last 16.

Inter Milan and Sevilla are amongst the other fancied teams in the competition, but United are perfectly capable of going on and lifting the trophy.




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