• Manchester United will play the first of their two-legged Champions League play-off against Club Brugge on Tuesday night
  • The United squad have arrived at the luxury Lowry Hotel
  • United are hoping to return to the Champions League group stages for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign 
  • Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal is confident that captain Wayne Rooney can rediscover his best form soon 

Rohan Banerjee For Mailonline

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United squad have arrived at the five-star Lowry Hotel ahead of their Champions League play-off against Club Brugge.

United are making a return to Europe’s elite club competition following a one-season absence and will host the Belgian side in the first of two legs at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. The second leg will be played at the Jan Breydel Stadium on August 26.

The winner of the tie will claim a spot in the Champions League group stages due to kick off in mid-September. 

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney arrives at the Lowry Hotel ahead of Tuesday night's game 

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney arrives at the Lowry Hotel ahead of Tuesday night’s game 

United manager Louis van Gaal (right) and midfielder Ander Herrera (left) arrive at the Lowry Hotel 

United manager Louis van Gaal (right) and midfielder Ander Herrera (left) arrive at the Lowry Hotel 

United playmaker Juan Mata takes a phone call as he joins the squad in their luxury digs for the night 

United playmaker Juan Mata takes a phone call as he joins the squad in their luxury digs for the night 

United head into the clash with Brugge looking to maintain their 100% winning start to the season, having already beaten Tottenham and Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Some critics, however, have suggested that those results – both narrow 1-0 wins – could be misleading as to the reality of the Red Devils’ form.  

Captain and main striker Wayne Rooney has looked particularly sluggish in his two appearances this term and is still waiting for his first goal. Tellingly, the 29-year-old managed just one touch in the box in the game against Villa.   

Van Gaal, though, retains confidence in Rooney and other members of the squad to step up when it counts. 

United's Germany international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger makes his way into the Lowry 

United’s Germany international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger makes his way into the Lowry 

United's big-money summer signing Memphis Depay (left) and left-back Luke Shaw (right) arrive at the hotel

United’s big-money summer signing Memphis Depay (left) and left-back Luke Shaw (right) arrive at the hotel

He said: ‘I have always confidence in my players. We don’t only have Wayne Rooney in the striker’s position, we have Adnan Januzaj who played in the USA (on tour) as a striker. 

‘I gave him that chance and he showed he can do that. We have Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) and James Wilson. I don’t think we have a lack of strikers.’ 

In the goalkeeping department, meanwhile, Sergio Romero will hold onto his spot between the posts as the transfer speculation surrounding usual choice David de Gea and a move to Real Madrid rages on.  

Sergio Romero will continue to play in goal for United with David de Gea still out missing for the squad 

Sergio Romero will continue to play in goal for United with David de Gea still out missing for the squad 


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