Man United face Club Brugge in Champions League play-off

Louis Van Gaal’s side will play at home first while Celtic face tricky Malmo tie

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United will play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Photograph: Getty

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United will play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Photograph: Getty

 

Manchester United have been drawn to play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs.

Louis Van Gaal’s side will be at home in the first leg to be played on August 18th or 19th before heading to Belgium on August 25th or 26th as they look to return to Europe’s top table after a year’s absence.

The draw is a favourable one for United, who have avoided the likes of Lazio and AS Monaco as well as being given a relatively short journey to play the tie.

Brugge, who came second behind Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League last season, qualified for the play-off courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate win over Panathinaikos.

Meanwhile Celtic have been handed a tricky tie against Swedish champions Malmo, who beat Redbull Salzburg 3-2 over two legs in the third qualifying round.

Celtic will play at home in the first leg before travelling to Sweden.

Second Captains

Champions League play-off draw:

Astana v APOEL

Skenderbeu v Dinamo Zagreb

Celtic v Malmo

Basel v Maccabi Tel Aviv

BATE Borisov v Partizan Belgrade

Lazio v Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United v Club Brugge

Sporting CP v CSKA Moscow

Rapid Vienna v Shakhtar Donetsk

Valencia v Monaco.

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