10.40pm Man Utd news LIVE: Solskjaer blames BALL for Brugge draw, Ighalo and Fernandes feature, Rashford may miss Euros – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER'S Man Utd were held to a 1-1 draw in Bruges, leaving them with work still to be done to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Next up is Watford at home on Sunday in the Premier League.

Follow all of the latest Utd updates and gossip below…

  • BALL-ACHE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bizarrely blamed the Europa League ball for Man Utd's 1-1 draw at Club Brugge.

    The Red Devils were far from their best in Belgium and Solskjaer said: “Bit sloppy concentration-wise, but the conditions with the pitch and the ball makes it hard.

    “I think if you ask any player that doesn’t help when you want to play football.

    When pressed on what the problem with the ball was, he said: “It’s just different, and difficult to play with. Get one and try.

    “It’s the same for the two teams, of course, but the conditions weren’t nice, the wind and the rain.

    And later on, he said to MUTV: “It was difficult conditions out there.

    “It was almost like an AstroTurf, it was bouncing, the ball is very, very quick and lively. So anything can happen.”

    The comments even seemed to cause a few laughs among the Club Brugge staff.

    Boss Philippe Clement said: “We get the balls from UEFA, so it’s not our ball.

    “In the Europa League games it’s the same balls, so I don’t see a problem with that.”

  • DON'T BET AGAINST DEM

    Lyon striker Moussa Dembele dreams of a move to Old Trafford to play for Manchester United and it could happen this summer according to Sky Sports.

    United enquired about his availability in January after Marcus Rashford's back injury but instead signed Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

    Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol believes the club's hierarchy are determined to sign a forward in the summer window and Dembele fits the bill.

    The forward is thought to be keen on trading the south of France for Manchester and a move could be in the offing.

  • MARTIAL MATA'S TO US

    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata praised the performance of Anthony Martial after his goal in United's 1-1 draw away to Club Brugge in the Europa League Round of 32.

    Spaniard Mata recognised the importance of French international Martial to United.

    Speaking after the game to MUTV, Mata said: “If you want one player to go against the goalkeeper, he’s [Martial] one of the best in our team for sure.

    “He was very calm, very composed, great finish and a very important away goal.”

    Martial took his chance well to score past former Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet but it could have been even better for the Red Devils if Sergio Romero had not been caught in no man's land for Dennis to score the opener for Brugge.

  • FAN FURY

    It seems as if some Manchester United fans are not overly pleased with the point they picked up in Belgium.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side drew 1-1 with Club Brugge after Anthony Martial saved Sergio Romero's blushes.

    The goalkeeper was caught in no man's land for Dennis to score the Brugge opener before Martial scored his second in as many games to keep United's Europa League charge on track.

    Although, given the reaction on social media, it might not have been enough to convince a section of the Old Trafford faithful…

  • FULL TIME!

    All square in Belgium as it finishes Club Brugge 1-1 Manchester United.

    No goals in the second half but United will be confident they can get through the tie with the second leg still to come at Old Trafford.

    Anthony Martial scored for the second game in a row after Sergio Romero's howler had let Brugge open the scoring.

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