Man United Team News at Club Brugge (UEL): Pogba, McTominay, Lindelof

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Manchester United have a ridiculously quick turnaround this week, visiting Club Brugge for a Europa League round of 32 clash, the first of their two legged tie, on Thursday night. They just played, and won, at Chelsea last night. There isn’t much time to rest after the next match either, as they have another league fixture against Watford coming up on Sunday.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, not usually a volatile sound bite, has hit out at the schedule makers. Understandably so, given how Brugge played their domestic fixture on Saturday and will thus have two more days than United to prepare for this one. Nevertheless, United are still considered the current favorite to win the whole UEL tournament. So let’s take a look at the team news for this one.

We’ll start with Paul Pogba, and we’ll begin with off the pitch concerns. Time for some more Pogba transfer rumors?

Yes, time for more Pogba transfer rumors. There’s yet another report that he wants out this summer, with ESPN claiming the club have slapped a £150 million price tag on him. And you have his agent feuding with the club again, yadda yadda yadda. In terms of on the pitch Pogba concerns, he’s running again and could return to training soon.

The doctors will re-assess the Frenchman, who has only played 71 minutes since September, at some point this week. Elsewhere central defender Victor Lindelof missed the Chelsea win due to an illness, but is expected to be available, if needs be for this one.

Midfielder Scott McTominay is closing in on a return from a knee injury that has kept him out since Boxing Day, but this might be a bit too soon for him. He has a better chance of featuring on the weekend. Axel Tuanzebe (hamstring) and Marcus Rashford (back) are long term absentees.

Manchester United at Club Brugge UEL Round of 32 Leg 1/2 FYIs

February 20, 5:55 pm, Jan Breydel Stadium

United starting XI prediction: go to this link

TV: BT Sport 2

Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov

Prediction: Manchester United 2, Club Brugge 1

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  1. Guys go and win the game to make us proud.

  2. David mutabazi says

    I believe that we a going win guys, but pogba should go course we have Fred & Bruno

  3. Stallon chogo says

    We have to win and continue in the next draw until the time we will win the
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  4. Pogba sucks ass, he’s ranting yet he hasn’t played for United much this season. He should leave I believe Fred has stepped up and we are better off without him. We’ve won plenty of games without him. Bruno, Mctominay and Fred are way better than he is. All this rumors about him leaving are just a pain in the ass, he should leave and we should use that money to get a midfielder and another squad member. Pogba is no longer world class, no one even made a bid for him during the Jan window

  5. hamupembe mathew says

    Mino must relax man and wait for the star to recover his form, he’s a great player for united and his mates want to play with him toooooooooooooooooo

  6. Erie wegulo says

    Let him recover and pattern wiz his fellow for at least another season and we see coz this one is already wasted

  7. JAPHET MKALI, we as united fan’s. Let OLE uses Juan Mata to make a good combination with Bruno. Let TOMMY, BRUNO AND MATA as 6,8,10

  8. Pogba stil a good player bro we need hm in the team! He s an asset during injury blow at the club.

  9. I think he(Pogba) also wants to leave our club em we should let him go ASAP. Let’s just go and get Winks from Spurs and Madison provided we have Bruno,there we’ll be with a strong midfield.

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