Manchester United 5-0 Club Bruges: Odion Ighalo scores first goal as hosts progress

Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United as they cruised into the Europa League last 16 at the expense of Club Bruges with one of their best performances of the season.

Bruno Fernandes scored his second United penalty in a week after Simon Deli was sent off for a ludicrous handball to block Daniel James’ shot.

The Portuguese, who was at the centre of everything, had a hand in the second as he lifted a pass over the top to Juan Mata, who squared for full debutant Ighalo to tap in from six yards.

And Scott McTominay, making his first start following an injury, side-footed in a third to wrap the tie up before half-time.

Fred scored his first two goals of the season in the final 10 minutes as United got the big scoreline their performance deserved.

Club Bruges brought thousands of noisy fans to Old Trafford to help with a good atmosphere – but their players could not match their efforts and created nothing of note.

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Friday at 12:00 GMT – with United able to face any of the other teams left.

Ighalo goal highlight of dominant Utd display

If United were to draw up a blueprint for the perfect half, it would probably have been something like “goals for the January signings and the hometown favourite on his full return from injury. Oh, plus a red card so we only have to play the second half against 10 men”.

That is exactly what happened.

United were excellent – although Bruges did not look as dangerous as they did in the first leg – with the Old Trafford faithful appreciating what they were watching.

The undoubted turning point of the game was when Deli dived to stop James’ effort with his hand – even though goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was diving behind him.

He was sent off – a decision upheld after a long VAR delay which did not seem necessary – and Fernandes kept his composure to stroke home his penalty with a stuttered run-up, just as he did against Watford.

Boyhood United fan Ighalo, a January loan signing from Shanghai Shenhua, made his first start because of an injury to Anthony Martial and took advantage by scoring into an empty net.

The biggest cheer of the night was probably for McTominay, who guided the ball home from 20 yards following Fred’s cutback. It was his first start after two months out with a knee injury.

The game seemed to be drifting to a close until Fred stepped up to score twice – first converting Jesse Lingard’s cross from close range and then scoring from the edge of the area from Tahith Chong’s pass.

Can United go all the way?

The fans sang manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name as United blew Bruges away.

The convincing victory will get supporters wondering whether they can win the trophy they lifted in 2017 – and the Champions League place that comes with it.

They are only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but this does give them a fallback plan.

A European trophy for Solskjaer to add to his Norwegian titles with Molde would be welcome too.

Based on this performance against a smaller team, and some of United’s showings against the big boys under Solskjaer, there is no reason for them to fear the likes of Inter Milan, Roma, Sevilla or Bayer Leverkusen.

Man of the match – Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

What’s next?

United visit Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, 1 March (14:00 GMT) as they look to boost their top-four hopes.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 5, Club Brugge 0. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tahith Chong.

Attempt missed. David Okereke (Club Brugge) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Krépin Diatta.

Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Attempt missed. Tahith Chong (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matej Mitrovic.

Offside, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Luke Shaw is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mason Greenwood following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles de Ketelaere.

Foul by Fred (Manchester United).

Charles de Ketelaere (Club Brugge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 4, Club Brugge 0. Fred (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Attempt blocked. Charles de Ketelaere (Club Brugge) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Krépin Diatta (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Charles de Ketelaere replaces Mats Rits.

Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).

David Okereke (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Odilon Kossounou.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Scott McTominay.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Krépin Diatta (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

David Okereke (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Manchester United).

Maxim De Cuyper (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Bruno Fernandes.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Matej Mitrovic replaces Clinton Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Krépin Diatta replaces Percy Tau.

Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Odilon Kossounou (Club Brugge).

Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

Maxim De Cuyper (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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