Louis van Gaal is looking forward to the challenge of facing Club Brugge after Manchester United drew them in their Champions League playoff round.
After finishing fourth in the Premier League last season, Man United must get past Brugge in a two-legged tie if they want to reach the Champions League group stage.
It is not ideal for United to have such an important tie so early on in the season but van Gaal is keenly anticipating facing the Belgians.
After a year without European football at Old Trafford, the stakes are extremely high for United. Having invested heavily in the squad this summer, Champions League football is a must and van Gaal is confident his side can deliver.
“The club and myself have great history in the Champions League and although it is not ideal to have to qualify, we are looking forward to the challenge ahead against Club Brugge.” he said.
“This is the first time the two clubs have played against each other. It will be an interesting tie, Club Brugge are a good side, they reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finished second in the Belgian League last season.
“It will be nice to go back to Belgium, I have good memories of my time playing there for Antwerp. In fact my debut for Antwerp was against Club Brugge and during my time as manager at Barcelona we played them in the group stages. Over two legs we have to be confident against any team, we are determined to progress in the competition.”
The importance of the matchup cannot be understated. A loss over two legs would see United enter the Europa league, a far from ideal scenario for everyone at the club. However, van Gaal and his men will not be taking anything for granted and will hope to progress with the least amount of fuss possible.