Manchester United vs Club Brugge: what channel can I watch it on and what time does it start?

The match kicks off at 7.45pm tonight

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Manchester United face Club Brugge in the first-leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off.

The match will be played at Old Trafford tonight, while the return leg will be played in Belgium next Wednesday, 22 August.

TV: BT Sport Europe from 7pm

KICK-OFF: 7.45pm

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Louis van Gaal will not be calling upon David De Gea yet again for  United's Champions League play-off against Club Brugge tonight.

Because of the transfer speculation linking the goalkeeper with Real Madrid, United manager Louis van Gaal is currently not considering playing De Gea until after the transfer window shuts on 1 September, if he is still at the club then.

The 24-year-old has not been included in any of the club's two Premier League matches this season, with Van Gaal citing a lack of citing a lack of focus.

Asked about De Gea's mental state, Van Gaal said: "It is not a good question. I don't answer the question. I have already said two weeks ago."

 

Phil Jones remains out after a blood clot was detected in his calf, which Van Gaal describes as "not an injury, more an illness and it's getting better." He is expected to be back in action next month.

Marouane Fellaini, who is serving a domestic suspension after he was sent off against Hull on the final day of last season, is free to play.

Speaking about the match, Van Gaal says that the pressure is on: "There is a lot of pressure because our aim and goal is to reach the Champions League.

"This is what Arsene Wenger talked about last year.

"It is difficult. Because of the draw, it is now much more difficult."

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