Manchester United star DEMANDS early goal in Champions League second leg tie

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has called for an early goal in their UEFA Champions League second leg playoff tie against Club Brugge tonight.

The Red Devils travel to Belgium with a two-goal cushion after Marouane Fellaini’s late header last week sealed a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford and has left the three-time kings of Europe on the brink of qualifying for the group stages.

After falling behind to an early Michael Carrick own-goal, summer signing Memphis Depay opened his account for the club with a stunning brace before the interval and the side will almost certainly progress if they manage to score at least once.

Shaw, who has started in all of United’s four games of the new season, made his debut in the competition in the first leg and has stressed the importance of an early goal as he expects the home side to come flying out of the blocks looking to reduce the deficit:

“They’ll be out to start on the front foot as they’re chasing the game, so hopefully we can keep it nice and tight and then pick them off,” the England international told the club’s official website.

“Perhaps we can grab an early goal to make it a more comfortable tie.”

“If you look at the first game, the way we conceded early on was a setback but, thankfully, we bounced back.”

“This time, we want to be the ones getting that early goal and really putting them on the back foot. We want to be in the group stages and we’re all focused on the Champions League,” Shaw added.

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