A brace from winger Memphis Depay helped Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League qualification play-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
- Manchester United 3 Club Brugge 1
- Carrick own goal hands visitors surprise lead
- Depay double saves United's blushes
- Romero blunder nearly gifts Brugge an equaliser
- Late Fellaini goal hands United advantage
The Red Devils were shocked to be a goal down just eight minutes into the game after Michael Carrick deflected a Victor Vazquez free kick into his own net.
Parity was restored less than five minutes later when Depay used his chest to control a cross from Carrick before going passed the defender and drilling the ball into the bottom corner.
It was the Dutch winger again who scored to give United a 2-1 lead in the 43rd minute. After being played through down the left wing, Depay cut inside onto his right foot before launching a superb strike into the far corner of the goal.
The Holland international was again involved in United's third when he lofted a cross into the area for Marouane Fellaini to nod home to make the score 3-1 in the 94th minute.
Club Brugge could not have wished to get off to a worse start after Juan Mata conceded a free kick in a dangerous position just eight minutes into the game.
Vazquez whipped in a low cross, which deflected of Adnan Januzaj before Carrick stuck out a leg to guide it passed Sergio Romero to give Brugge the lead.
It did not take long for normal service to resume however, and United were back on level terms in the 13th minute.
Carrick redeemed himself with a great first-time ball to Depay on the edge of the area. The Dutch winger controlled it with his chest before expertly chipping it over the defender, moving towards the penalty spot and finishing expertly to make it 1-1.
The Red Devils had the 21-year-old again to thank in the 43rd minute of the game. Depay latched onto a ball played through the left channel and moved to his right foot before unleashing a sensational long-range effort into the top corner to make the score 2-1.
The home side dominated for much of the second half, but nearly gifted Club Brugge an equaliser in the 60th minute of the game. Matteo Darmian's back pass to Romero was a bad one, but even then the keeper took an absolute age to attempt to clear the ball.
Under pressure from Oulare, Romero's clearance fell to a visiting attacker who put the ball away, but the referee had already blown Oulare up for fouling the United keeper, who blew a huge sigh of relief in return.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when Brandon Mechele earned a second yellow card for a foul on Javier Hernandez.
The Red Devils made their numerical advantage pay deep into extra time to make the score 3-1 and ensure they had a solid advantage going into the second leg in Belgium next week.
Depay lofted a sumptuous ball into the box for Fellaini who nodded the ball down to give United a two-goal cushion in the 94th minute with the last touch of the game.