Europa League - Round of 32 - 2nd Leg
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Manchester United 5-0 Club Bruges: Odion Ighalo scores first goal as hosts progress

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport at Old Trafford
Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United as they reached the Europa League last 16

Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United as they cruised into the Europa League last 16 at the expense of Club Bruges with one of their best performances of the season.

Bruno Fernandes scored his second United penalty in a week after Simon Deli was sent off for a ludicrous handball to block Daniel James' shot.

The Portuguese, who was at the centre of everything, had a hand in the second as he lifted a pass over the top to Juan Mata, who squared for full debutant Ighalo to tap in from six yards.

And Scott McTominay, making his first start following an injury, side-footed in a third to wrap the tie up before half-time.

Fred scored his first two goals of the season in the final 10 minutes as United got the big scoreline their performance deserved.

Club Bruges brought thousands of noisy fans to Old Trafford to help with a good atmosphere - but their players could not match their efforts and created nothing of note.

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Friday at 12:00 GMT - with United able to face any of the other teams left, including Wolves and Rangers.

Ighalo goal highlight of dominant United display

If United were to draw up a blueprint for the perfect half, it would probably have been something like "goals for the January signings and the hometown favourite on his full return from injury. Oh, plus a red card so we only have to play the second half against 10 men".

That is exactly what happened.

United were excellent - although Bruges did not look as dangerous as they did in the 1-1 first-leg draw - with the Old Trafford faithful appreciating what they were watching.

The undoubted turning point of the game was when Deli dived to stop James' effort with his hand - even though goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was diving behind him.

He was sent off - a decision upheld after a long VAR delay which did not seem necessary - and Fernandes kept his composure to stroke home his penalty with a stuttered run-up, just as he did against Watford.

Boyhood United fan Ighalo, a January loan signing from Shanghai Shenhua, made his first start because of an injury to Anthony Martial and took advantage by scoring into an empty net.

The biggest cheer of the night was probably for McTominay, who guided the ball home from 20 yards following Fred's cutback. It was his first start after two months out with a knee injury.

The game seemed to be drifting to a close until Fred stepped up to score twice - first converting Jesse Lingard's cross from close range and then scoring from the edge of the area from Tahith Chong's pass.

Can United go all the way?

The fans sang manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's name as United blew Bruges away.

The convincing victory will get supporters wondering whether they can win the trophy they lifted in 2017 - and the Champions League place that comes with it.

They are only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but this does give them a fallback plan.

A European trophy for Solskjaer to add to his Norwegian titles with Molde would be welcome too.

Based on this performance against a smaller team, and some of United's showings against the big boys under Solskjaer, there is no reason for them to fear the likes of Inter Milan, Roma, Sevilla or Bayer Leverkusen.

Who is left in the Europa League?
RangersShakhtar Donetsk
RomaInter Milan
WolfsburgManchester United
Bayer LeverkusenFC Copenhagen
Istanbul BasaksehirGetafe
WolvesRed Bull Salzburg or Eintracht Frankfurt

Man of the match - Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd)

Bruno Fernandes
Scored one goal and helped make another. With four shots, three on target, and three chances created, Fernandes was impressive until being replaced in the 65th minute

'They created loads of chances' - what they said

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "I'm very happy. When you score goals and play like this, you'll get more confidence. It was brilliant to see the start of the game. They had the right intent and created loads of chances. The game was more or less over after the red card.

"Bruno coming in makes a big, big difference. He had a hand in all three first-half goals. I'm very happy with his contribution.

"He's in the middle of the season so he's fit. He was in good form. We felt he was something we needed. It was a ready-made position for him."

Fortress Old Trafford - the stats

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their past 13 home Europa League games (W11 D2) since losing to Marcelo Bielsa's Athletic Bilbao in March 2012.
  • Club Bruges have never won an away European match in England (including qualifiers), drawing two and losing 11 of 13 visits.
  • United have won more penalties (15) and scored more penalties (11) in all competitions this season than any other Premier League side.
  • The Red Devils have won a European game by a five-goal margin for the first time since November 2013 (5-0 v Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League group stage).
  • Bruno Fernandes is the first Portuguese player to net in consecutive appearances for United in all competitions since Nani in April 2012.
  • Odion Ighalo is the first African player to score for United in all competitions since Eric Bailly in August 2017 against Swansea in the Premier League.
  • No player has provided more Europa League assists than Juan Mata (13, level with Czech midfielder Borek Dockal).
  • Fred netted two goals and assisted one in the game, after managing just one goal and three assists in his previous 59 United appearances.

What's next?

United visit Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, 1 March (14:00 GMT) as they look to boost their top-four hopes.


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Romero
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 3Bailly
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forGreenwoodat 72'minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 8Mata
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forLingardat 65'minutes
  • 21JamesSubstituted forChongat 45'minutes
  • 25Ighalo


  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 14Lingard
  • 26Greenwood
  • 31Matic
  • 44Chong
  • 53Williams

Club Bruges

Formation 3-4-3

  • 88Mignolet
  • 77Mata Pedro LourencoSubstituted forMitrovicat 62'minutes
  • 44Mechele
  • 17DeliBooked at 22mins
  • 5Kossounou
  • 26RitsSubstituted forde Ketelaereat 79'minutes
  • 18Ricca
  • 95De Cuyper
  • 35TauSubstituted forDiattaat 61'minutes
  • 14Okereke
  • 20Vanaken


  • 2Sobol
  • 9Krmencik
  • 11Diatta
  • 15Mitrovic
  • 16Schrijvers
  • 22Horvath
  • 90de Ketelaere
Serdar Gözübüyük

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamClub Bruges
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tahith Chong.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Okereke (Club Brugge) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Krépin Diatta.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tahith Chong (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matej Mitrovic.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Luke Shaw is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles de Ketelaere.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Fred (Manchester United).

  11. Post update

    Charles de Ketelaere (Club Brugge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester United 4, Club Brugge 0. Fred (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charles de Ketelaere (Club Brugge) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Krépin Diatta (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Club Brugge. Charles de Ketelaere replaces Mats Rits.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).


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