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Louis van Gaal positive about Manchester United’s chances of reaching Champions League group stage

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he’s confident the club will come through their tricky UEFA Champions League play-off tie against Club Brugge.

The Red Devils need to overcome the Belgian outfit in order to seal a return to European football’s elite club competition after missing out last year and are in good form ahead of the first-leg tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Following their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday night thanks to Adnan Januzaj’s first-half goal at Villa Park, United have won their opening two games of the new season and will be hoping to make it three in a row when Club Brugge arrive in Manchester in midweek.

With a place in the group stages up for grabs, there can be little room for error otherwise it will be Europa League football for either club, however, van Gaal insists his side are ready for the challenge that awaits them from the Jupiler Pro League outfit:

“I think when you win two times then you shall have a lot of confidence,” the Dutchman told the club’s official website.

“But every match is difficult and Belgian teams can play very compactly, they can defend and a team always has a chance of winning. Like on [Friday], every team has a chance and if they score out of that chance then it shall be very difficult,” van Gaal added.

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