Ole Gunnar's reaction to drawing Club Brugge in Europa League round of 32
Ole Gunnar's reaction to drawing Club Brugge in Europa League round of 32
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Ole Gunnar's reaction to drawing Club Brugge in Europa League round of 32

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aware of the challenge Europa League round-of-16 opponents, Club Brugge will pose, following their performances in this season’s Champions League.

The Belgian side were paired with Ole Gunnar's United during Monday afternoon's draw done in Nyon, Switzerland, with the ties due to be played on 20 February and on 27 February. 

United will be rewarded with a second leg match at home having finished top of their group, meaning they play away in the first match. 

“I watched Club Brugge against PSG and Real Madrid,”  said Ole on Monday evening.

“They did well in the Champions League and they stayed in most of the games, with one or two bad defeats.

“But they are a good team. They are top of the Belgian league and, funnily enough, I used to have their second goalkeeper, Ethan Horvath, at Molde so it will be good to see him again.  

“They will be tough games but you are always going to get tough games as you head into the knockout stages. We are hoping to go through to the last 16.”

Brugge dropped into UEFA's second-tier competition after finishing third in their Champions League group, where they played powerhouses Real Madrid and PSG. 

They memorably came close to causing an upset at Santiago Bernabeu when they raced into a 2-0 first-half lead, but could not hold on for a win as the match ended 2-2.

Club Brugge are currently top of the Belgian Pro League after 18 matches, holding an eight-point advantage over second-placed Antwerp with a game in hand.

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