Manchester United are looking to complete the job over Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off second leg on Wednesday, while Italy’s Lazio may have slightly more to do to secure a place in the group stages.
The English Premier League giants have a two-goal lead to take to Belgium after a 3-1 win at Old Trafford last Tuesday, while Lazio have a slender 1-0 advantage for their second leg against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
A 2-0 win for Brugge at the Jan Breydelstadion would be enough to take them through at United’s expense (on the away goals rule), but United three-time winners of the Champions League are confident after Marouane Fellaini’s late third goal in the first leg.
But it’s not the game that draws attention, it’s the omission of David De Gea’s name from the team list, the omission of the Real Madrid interest is leaving fans in moment of wonder, if truly the Spanish born goalkeeper will remain at Old Trafford after the transfer season.
Here is a list of the 18 man team for the UEFA second leg billed to be played tomorrow:
Romero, Johnstone, Blind, Darmian, McNair, Shaw, Smalling, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Young, Hernandez, Januzaj, Memphis and Rooney.
Manchester United, winners in 1968, 1999 and 2008 didn’t feature in the competition last season but had previously reached the group stages for 18 years in succession.