Champions League Qualifying - 2nd Leg
Club BrugesClub Bruges0Man UtdManchester United4

Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (1-7 agg)

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney scores against Club Brugge
Rooney's club goal drought lasted 878 minutes before he ended it against Club Brugge

Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought with a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Club Brugge to book their place in the Champions League group stages.

United led 3-1 from the first leg and Rooney added to that with a dinked shot for his first goal of the season.

The striker had a simple tap-in for his second goal after midfielder Ander Herrera's unselfish pass.

Rooney swept in a shot for his third and Herrera sidefooted in before Javier Hernandez missed a United penalty.

Hernandez also wasted a late chance as he skied a shot from four yards out.

United will now go into Thursday's group stage draw following a one-season absence.

Relief for Rooney

At last. The England captain opened his goalscoring account for the season at the fifth attempt and the relief was plain to see.

Rooney put his hands to his face before giving a prayer to the sky after his first club goal since an effort against Aston Villa in April.

He appeared to have been energised in terms of confidence after his opener, which came from Memphis Depay's through ball.

Herrera and Juan Mata set up Rooney's other goals as he finally benefitted from more midfield support in his role as the main striker.

"To be honest, if I didn't have a strong character that (the criticism) might have affected me," Rooney told BT Sport.

"I wasn't worried, if it was going on for three, four, five games more then maybe so but it's early days and I knew when the chances came I'd take them."

Van Gaal's midfield conundrum

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera scored eight goals for United last season

Herrera made his first start of the season as United manager Louis van Gaal rested Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the Spaniard pushed his claims for a regular starting berth.

The diminutive playmaker started alongside the more defensive Michael Carrick and, despite some early rustiness, his vision and creative instincts benefitted Rooney and United in attack.

Van Gaal's players have been accused of not helping Rooney by failing to run beyond him to help create space.

Herrera, though, was keen to push on, scoring a goal of his own as the Belgians capitulated.

Schweinsteiger and winger Ashley Young were introduced in the second half, adding to the competition for midfield places at United.

Man of the match - Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney
No-one was going to get the matchball off Wayne Rooney - not even the referee


Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal speaking to BT Sport:

"I think we were very organised. We played the ball a little bit more simple than before. You can create gaps and we scored so that is also good.

"Every goal shall give confidence to every player, even Wayne. I'm very happy for him.

"He has the best mentality that you can imagine. Such players with that level will always come back."

Captain Wayne Rooney:

"I wasn't worried. If the goals don't go in I still bring a lot to my team-mates."

Read more from Rooney

Club Brugge coach Michel Preud'homme:

"This team (Manchester United) has everything - technical quality, physical quality in power and endurance, and of course they have the mentality."

Pundit analysis

BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "Job done by Manchester United and delight for Wayne Rooney, but I don't think you can tell from this whether United's season will be a success or not."

The stats you need to know

  • Wayne Rooney scored his first European hat-trick since his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce in 2004.
  • It was Rooney's first hat-trick since a treble against Bolton Wanderers in September 2011.
  • Memphis Depay has had a hand in four of Manchester United's goals in this Champions League qualifying campaign with two goals and two assists.

What next?

Manchester United will go into the draw for the Champions League group stages on Thursday before a trip to Swansea for a game at 16:00 BST on Sunday.


Club Bruges

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 38Bolat
  • 5Castelletto
  • 2de Fauw
  • 4Duarte
  • 28De Bock
  • 6De Souza ClaudemirBooked at 45mins
  • 10DiabySubstituted forDierckxat 63'minutes
  • 25VormerBooked at 77mins
  • 7VázquezSubstituted forVanakenat 62'minutes
  • 63Bolingoli MbomboSubstituted forCoolsat 77'minutes
  • 9De Sutter


  • 16Bruzzese
  • 19Meunier
  • 20Vanaken
  • 21Cools
  • 45Desmul
  • 55Dierckx
  • 58Oularé

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 20Romero
  • 36Darmian
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 23Shaw
  • 16Carrick
  • 21HerreraBooked at 13minsSubstituted forHernándezat 64'minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forYoungat 62'minutes
  • 11JanuzajSubstituted forSchweinsteigerat 45'minutes
  • 7Depay
  • 10Rooney


  • 14Hernández
  • 18Young
  • 27Fellaini
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 33McNair
  • 50Johnstone
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamClub BrugesAway TeamMan Utd
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Club Brugge 0, Manchester United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Club Brugge 0, Manchester United 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Charles Castelletto (Club Brugge) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dion Cools with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Davy de Fauw (Club Brugge).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Tuur Dierckx went off injured after Club Brugge had used all subs.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Tuur Dierckx (Club Brugge) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Javier Hernández should be disappointed.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matteo Darmian with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Club Brugge. Dion Cools replaces Boli Bolingoli Mbombo.

  15. Booking

    Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Memphis Depay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tuur Dierckx (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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Wednesday 26th August 2015

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