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Summary

  1. Fellaini heads in late third to put United in charge
  2. Memphis with two sublime goals for United
  3. Second leg next Wednesday in Belgium
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By Andy Cryer

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FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Marouane Fellaini will be the toast of Manchester - well the red half anyway. Coming off the bench for his first action of the season to head home what could prove a crucial third for United.

The second leg is in Belgium a week on Wednesday. You never know what will happen but United are in the driving seat...

Vote result

So, from our earlier vote, 15.2% believe Manchester United are the most likely to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League. Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich have come out on top.

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FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Going on the stats below, Club Brugge can have few complaints at the defeat.

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FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Louis van Gaal has told the media Michael Carrick's half-time substitution was tactical. No injury there.

Manager reaction

FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Club Brugge manager Michel Preud'homme on BT Sport:  "You have a small chance at home but it is going to be very difficult. I know Fellaini, of course, and he is very strong in that situation,.

"We tried to play with our qualities, we missed a lot of players. The red card was very far for me, it is difficult to see.

"If we have to miss our captain and central defender, with all our injured players, I don't see the solution to beat Manchester United."

FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

It appears Brugge boss Michel Preud'homme is not the most confident ahead of the second leg...

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Manager reaction

FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on BT Sport: "It makes a difference because 2-1 is a very difficult result. We deserved much more because we created a lot of chances. It is what I am always saying, you have to be effective. We have a lot of chances and only three goals.

"I am happy because of the last goal. We have practiced that before when we need Fellaini, we put him in the penalty area because he has that quality.

"I am very happy for Memphis because a player needs that. I said it was a matter of time and hopefully he shall continue. He is 21 and he has only played two seasons for PSV, I have confidence in him.

"It is not a simple opponent. It is still a game but, because of that last goal, it is more confident for us."

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Chris Fleming:  United to qualify and then struggle in their Champions League table against considerably improved opposition.

FT: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Will Louis van Gaal be happy with that? I'm sure he will be. Three matches played this season, three wins. Performances could undoubtedly be better but it is all about results.

Louis van Gaal
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3 - The last three players to score two and assist one in a European game for Man Utd: Ronaldo (2009), Rooney (2013), Depay (2015). Heir?

Champions League full-time

Referee Debiz Aytekin had the whistle in his mouth as Marouane Fellaini headed in Manchester United's third goal... Old Trafford will be very grateful he opted not to blow...

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Europe...

Five #UCL play-off first legs, five home wins ...

Five #UCL play-off first legs, five home wins ...

Player reaction

Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Manchester United goalscorer Marouane Fellaini speaking to BT Sport: "It's a fantastic win today and we have to be careful in Brugge but we have the quality to win there as well. We have to be ready."

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Player reaction

Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Memphis speaking to BT Sport: "It is really important we win the game. We created a lot of chances, I feel disappointed I could not finish the last two chances. We have to travel to Brugge and finish the job.

"I ended last season with a lot of goals, come to a big club and you have to do a good job again. It is a nice feeling to score two goals at Old Trafford."

"I am little disappointed because I will think about that last chance."

Memphis Depay
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Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Qualifying for the Champions League group stages is worth an awful lot of money to Manchester United and they will feel they are almost there.

Club Brugge will be absolutely devastated to concede so late.

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C hris Harvey: Qualify for the Champions League and they automatically become one of the favourites. Definitely the Premier Leagues best hope.

CJ:  Well done, not a great performance but a win and a nice cushion to take to their ground in 8days

FULL-TIME

Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Job done for Louis van Gaal's men but it wasn't entirely convincing. Taking a 3-1 lead into the second leg in Belgium should be enough for United to reach the Champions League group stages though.

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GOAL - Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Marouane Fellaini

And there it is. Massive, massive relief for Manchester United as Maraouane Fellaini nods in Memphis' delightful cross from the left. 

Marouane Fellaini
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A real chance. Bastian Schweinsteiger heads the ball across goal and Chris Smalling should score. His free header from five yards is straight at the keeper.

Chris Smalling
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Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

It is easy to forget Brugge are down to 10 men as United struggle to create anything at all. Last minute of injury time and a free kick 40 yards out. 

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Three minutes of injury time is signalled. United will take the lead to Belgium but is 2-1 enough?

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Into the last minute and Manchester United can't break down Club Brugge.

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Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Corner for Manchester United. Can they? Nope, the ball is cleared.

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Club Brugge fans are getting the bird from the home supporters for their rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. 

Maraouane Fellaini heads harmlessly wide.

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Manchester United are pouring forward but not creating a great deal... The home fans are pretty quiet.

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Wayne Rooney has worked hard but he doesn't look composed in front of goal.

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SUBSTITUTION

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Marouane Fellaini is brought on for his first appearance of the season for Manchester United. He replaces Wayne Rooney, who has been pretty quiet.

'Get the ball forward lads' will be the message.

RED CARD to Brugge

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

The visitors' final 10 minutes has just got more difficult. Centre backBrandon Mechelemistimes a tackle on Javier Hernandez and receives a second caution and his marching orders. United have 10 minutes to play against 10 men.

Mechele is sent off for Brugge
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Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Another United corner. Memphis swings the ball but Bastian Schweinsteiger is penalised for some pushing in the penalty area. Time is ticking and Club Brugge are holding on to what would be a tremendous result.

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Juan Mata combines with Javier Hernandez to try and inject a bit of life into United. The Mexican's cross is deflected and the ball ends up with Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose shot is deflected for a corner, which comes to nothing.

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Remember, as it stands, if Brugge beat United 1-0 in the second leg in Belgium they would be through. United could do with something special - and quick.

Memphis Depay
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SUBSTITUTION

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Here comes Javier Hernandez for Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj is replaced and the Mexican gets a huge cheer - as does Januzaj, who started his first competitive match at Old Trafford since February. United need a goal.

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge

Into the final 20 minutes. Can United make the second leg a lot more comfortable?