Following two below par performances for Manchester United this season, Memphis Depay finally came to the fore for Manchester United with two goals and an assist following a Carrick own goal as captain Wayne Rooney continued to produce his best Falcao impression.
Manchester United started on the front foot but Brugge looked deadly on the counter attack while Rooney was full of running but no productivity whatsoever. Michael Carrick finally did what no opponent has been able to do so far this season, beat Sergio Romero as the former England man deflected a rather poor free kick into the net to give Brugge a surprise lead in the 8th minute. Van Gaal was left bewildered in the box as Ryan Giggs could only pick his nose beside the Dutchman. Enter Memphis Depay. In the 13th minute, Depay dribbled his way into the box before smartly finishing into the bottom corner to equalize for Manchester United. Manchester United were unable to make more of their possession until the 43rd minute when Memphis again cut in field from the left and curled the ball into the net from just outside the box to give Manchester United the lead. In the second half, Manchester United controlled possession but played football so bad it would bore the craziest fanatic to sleep. Manchester United were handed an advantage as Brandon Mechele was sent off in the 80th minute after receiving his second yellow card. Manchester United finally made their man and height advantage count as substitute Marouane Fellaini nodded Memphis Depay’s cross into the net with what was the last action of the game.
Manchester United take a healthy lead to Belgium but their underwhelming performances in recent weeks suggest that Manchester United fans have nothing to celebrate yet.