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Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge: Memphis Depay double rescues Red Devils after Michael Carrick own goal

By Paul Hirst

Published 18/08/2015

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is held off by Oscar Duarte of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is held off by Oscar Duarte of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney gets away from Club Brugge's Oscar Duarte (right) during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying, Play-Off at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Referee Deniz Aytekin warns Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (left) after going down in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying, Play-Off at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Club Brugge's Oscar Duarte (right) and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj tangle in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying, Play-Off at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Club Brugge's Timmy Simons (right) and Manchester United's Juan Mata (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying, Play-Off at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Club Brugge's Timmy Simons (right) and Manchester United's Juan Mata (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying, Play-Off at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (C) is pictured before the start of the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Club Brugge's Belgian forward Tuur Dierckx (L) challenges Manchester United's English defender Luke Shaw during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) is challenged by Club Brugge's Belgian defender Dion Cools (L) during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (C) is congratulated by daley Blind (R) after Depay scored his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (R) is congratulated after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (3rd L) has an unsuccessful shot at goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (3rd L) has an unsuccessful shot at goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj (L) is challenged by Club Brugge's Costa Rican defender Oscar Duarte during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj (L) is challenged by Club Brugge's Costa Rican defender Oscar Duarte during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Club Brugge players celebrate an own goal by Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (3rd R) congratulates Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (4th R) after Depay scored his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (2nd L) congratulates Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay (L) after Depay scored his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League play off football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: A Club Brugge fan cheers during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Memphis Depay of Manchester United goes past Victor Vazquez of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Memphis Depay (R) of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Referee Deniz Aytekin talks with Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United as Wayne Rooney looks on during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United collides with Sebastien Bruzzese of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United goes past Oscar Duarte of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Memphis Depay of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's opening goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Substitute Marouane Fellaini struck deep into stoppage time to give Manchester United a two-goal advantage over Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off.

Louis van Gaal was looking to Wayne Rooney to provide the goals at Old Trafford, but instead it was Fellaini and Depay who stepped up to the plate in this 3-1 first-leg win.

Shortly after Michael Carrick had put Brugge ahead with an own goal, Depay skilfully juggled a pass from the England midfielder before driving home his first goal for United.

The £25million summer signing then doubled his tally with a peach of a curling shot just before half-time.

United looked set to take a slender advantage to Belgium for the second leg despite Brandon Mechele's dismissal, but Fellaini stepped off the bench to nod home in the 94th minute.

The return of the Champions League anthem after a 16-month absence raised spirits inside Old Trafford on Tuesday, but the home fans were soon stunned into silence thanks to Carrick's own-goal.

The midfielder, who had put a simple pass out of play in the opening minute, fell to the floor attempting to clear Fernando Vazquez's free-kick, but instead guided the ball past a diving Sergio Romero.

Five minutes later, Carrick was back in the good books. The midfielder lifted a ball into the box to find Depay, who juggled the ball away from his marker before unleashing a low drive past Sebastien Bruzzese.

The forward barely celebrated. He knew there was much more work to do.

Rooney led the hunt for a second. The England captain had a shot cleared off the line by Vazquez and then glanced a header just wide.

It was not all United. They left open holes at the back, which Brugge exploited on the break.

The Belgians could not find a way past Romero, though, and United made it 2-1 just before the break.

Depay cut inside the left flank on to his right foot and whipped a wicked shot past Bruzzese before performing a jig in the corner.

Van Gaal brought Bastian Schweinsteiger on for Carrick at half-time.

Depay started where he left off after the break, curling a low shot towards goal, but this time Bruzzese saved.

The 21-year-old should have had his hat-trick just after the hour when Rooney's backheel fell straight into his path but he put the ball into the Stretford End.

Brugge still looked threatening on the counter. Romero dallied on the ball after a poor backpass from Matteo Darmian, but the referee stopped play because Mamadou Oulare had stood on the goalkeeper's ankle as he attempted to capitalise.

Mechele, who had been cautioned earlier for a foul on Depay, put his team's chances of a late equaliser in jeopardy when he slid in on substitute Javier Hernandez to receive his second booking.

Van Gaal brought Marouane Fellaini on for Rooney with six minutes to go and the move paid off as the big Belgian powered in Depay's cross to make it 3-1.

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