- Memphis scores twice before half
- Then sets up Fellaini’s late tally
- Brugge gets away goal via own goal
- Second leg Aug. 26 in Belgium
Club Brugge will take a valuable away goal back to Belgium, but trail Manchester United 3-1 after the first leg of a UEFA Champions League playoff tie.
Memphis Depay’s first two goals as a member of Manchester United were met by a stoppage time assist, and the Red Devils turned a 2-1 halftime lead into a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. Marouane Fellaini scored the other United goal.
A Michael Carrick own goal helped Club Brugge to an early lead.
Brugge took a surprising early lead when Victor Vazquez ripped a free kick from the left side. The rising shot took a turn off Adnan Januzaj and a lunging Carrick en route to giving the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.
But Memphis answered back for United six minutes later, juggling a long diagonal ball over Dion Cools. The young Dutchman dribbled across the box, making one or two would-be tacklers miss and the belting a low shot into the net for an equalizing goal.
And he doubled his total when Cools allowed him to walk in from the left on his preferred right foot. The ensuing curler was a beautiful goal. It was 2-1 United at the half.
Memphis missed a chance at a hat trick in the 63rd minute when Wayne Rooney carried down the right before a smooth cutback pass to the Dutch attacker.
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Brugge center back Brandon Mechele took a second yellow card in the 80th minute, putting the away side down a man. And they should’ve gone down another goal after an 87th minute handball in the box was wrongly adjudged to have come off Fellani’s hand.
The Red Devils lived in the Brugge half for the majority of the second half, even more so after the red card. The second 45 minutes came nowhere near replicating a fun first half.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s headed pass to Chris Smalling was nearly headed home by the back, but Fellaini nodded in a Memphis cross to make it 3-1 at the death.