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Manchester United predicted XI v Club Brugge

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has some big decisions to make ahead of his sides Champions League qualifying play-off against Club Brugge on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils are looking to return to Europe's premier club competition after missing out last season and Van Gaal will not want to change too much after back-to-back domestic victories.

That means Sergio Romero is likely to retain his place between the sticks, despite footage of David de Gea training with the first team on Monday. The Spaniard would not be Cup-tied if he represented the Red Devils, but after missing out in the league it's unlikely that he'd play here.

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Rotating the defence moving forward will be important but after consecutive clean sheets, there doesn't seem to be any value in bringing Marcos Rojo into the side. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have formed a solid central pairing, with Matteo Darmian at right-back and Luke Shaw on the left.

Midfield is where changes are expected and it's Michael Carrick who is likely to miss out. Bastian Schweinsteiger has replaced the vice-captain twice from the substitutes bench this season and could do so from the start this time around. Morgan Schneiderlin is his holding partner.

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Herrera in 

In the advanced positions, Ashley Young offers something going forward and an ability to defend when required on the right, whilst Memphis Depay remains a threat on the opposite side. Ander Herrera needs a start and could be the ideal fit behind the striker.

Whilst Wayne Rooney hasn't hit top form thus far, he remains the go-to forward for Manchester United ahead of Javier Hernandez, and the skipper will lead the line once again against the Belgians.

Manchester United predicted XI v Club Brugge

Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Young, Herrera, Depay; Rooney.

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