Michel Preud’homme: Club Brugge must be ‘perfect’ to beat Manchester United

by Robbie Dunne

Club Brugge coach Michel Preud’homme believes that his side must be ‘perfect’ in order to eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League.

Man United beat Preud’homme’s side 3-1 at Old Trafford last week thanks to two excellent goals from Memphis Depay and a last minute header from substitute Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian’s goal gives United a cushion that could prove to be the difference in the tie.

United did go behind to an unlucky own goal but they were in control for much of the contest. The away goal means that Brugge will have to win by two without letting United score.

Preud’homme was not very optimistic ahead of his side’s clash against Louis van Gaal’s side.

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“It would be a great miracle [beating United],” he said.

“They are two goals in front, they have a very professional team, can make a decision by an action at each moment and we have some problems with the number of players that were already out in the first leg, plus Timmy Simons and Brandon Mechele.

“To have a small chance we need to be better in our last pass and if we have a chance, it has to be a goal. Sometimes you have a small opening and if you don’t make the action very quickly, they are all back.

“If we want to have a chance, we have to be perfect.”

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Qualifying for the Champions League is vital to United’s period of regrowth. In order to attract the top talent in the world, you must be playing in Europe’s elite competition. Van Gaal might try to keep it tight for the opening half but United should be able to impost their game on their opponents as the match goes on.

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