Manchester United fans can watch their team face Club Brugge in Belgium live online, as the rebuilding Barclays Premier League powerhouse looks to secure its place in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Manchester United has not needed an August playoff to qualify for 10 years, but this year they’ll take it after failing to even qualify for the playoff in the previous campaign.
To find out how to watch the Club Brugge vs. Manchester United UEFA Champions League qualification playoff match live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff on Wednesday, August 26, is scheduled for 8:45 p.m, at Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, Belgium — 2:45 p.m. United States Eastern Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Manchester United won the first leg of the two-legged playoff tie at Old Trafford last week by a 3-1 score — scoring more goals than they’ve netted in their first three Barclays Premier League matches. But surrendering the single away goal means that if Club Brugge wins at home by two goals — without allowing one — the Belgian club eliminates United from the 2015-2016 Champions League before it even gets started. If United scores a goal, Brugge must win by three.
Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal admitted this week that his team had yet to show the kind of attacking creativity they’ll need to make a mark either in the Premier League or the UEFA Champions League.
“I divide football into four main moments,” Van Gaal said on Tuesday. “We have two moments when the opponent has the ball, then we are at our best, and we have proved that last year already. Now we continue with a lot of clean sheets, which is very important. But we have to improve when we have the ball.”
Perhaps to that end, Van Gaal now says that 27-year-old midfielder Maruoane Fellaini, himself a Belgian international, will play in an attacking role this season, leaving midfield behind — a role that Fellaini says he welcomes.
“It’s not important where I play, the most important thing is to win the game,” the Brussels native said. “It’s different to play midfield, striker or number 10, but I enjoy all the positions I can play in.”
Fellaini scored one of the three Manchester United goals in last weeks first-leg victory over Club Brugge. Asked whether he worried that scoring against the popular side would hurt his own popularity in his home country, Fellaini replied, “I don’t care.”
To watch the Club Brugge vs, Manchester United second leg UEFA Champions League playoff live online, use the link provided by Fox Sports Go by clicking here.
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