Six Club Brugge stars Manchester United must be wary of; including Duarte and Simons

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Manchester United will be delighted after drawing Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifiers, but they must not underestimate the Belgians.

With Lazio facing Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco meeting Valencia, Manchester United will be relieved to have drawn Club Brugge.

Europa League semi-finalists last term, the Belgian side remain someway off the quality possessed by Manchester United and the Premier League’s finest.

But the Bruge-based side still boasts plenty in the way of talented players who are more than capable of causing the Red Devils problems on their day.

Here are six of them:

1. Oscar Duarte

A solid defender for the Belgian side since moving to Brugge from Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica back in 2013, Duarte has also shown himself to be lethal in the air from dead ball situations.

Famously scored for Costa Rica in their 3-1 win over Uruguay at the World Cup.

2. Timmy Simons

He may be the ripe old age of 38, but as Belgium’s second most capped player of all time, this midfield stalwart brings bags of experience to the Brugge side.

Has scored 13 in 54 games for the Belgian outfit since returning to the club in 2013 and is equally competent with the ball at his feet as he is in the air.

3. Lior Rafaelov

An intelligent attacking midfielder who was recruited from Maccabi Haifa back in 2011, Rafaelov was instrumental in much of Brugge’s success last season, contributing a number of important goals.

Particular highlights include a hat trick against FC Copenhagen and the winner in last season’s Belgian Cup final. Traditionally found on the right side of the midfield.

4. Victor Vazquez

A former Barcelona academy star who was linked with a move to Arsenal in his early days, Vazquez managed just one appearance for the Catalan first team but has been a Brugge ever-present since 2011.

An intelligent playmaker who is known for his goals from free-kicks, the 28-year-old was named Belgian Footballer of the Year last term.

5. Tom De Sutter

The club’s resident target man, as 6 ft 3.5 in, Sutter is head and shoulders above many of his teammates and often operates as the focal point of the team’s attack.

Moved to the club in 2013 after four underwhelming years with Anderlecht and has shone ever since with 21 goals in 52 league outings. Recovered from a serious knee ligament injury to get his career back on track.

6. Obbi Oulare

The wildcard in the pack, Oulare spent time with Lille, Anderlecht and Standard Liege as a schoolboy before signing professional terms with Club Brugge 2014.

Shone on his first start for the club against Kortrijk in September 2014 with a man of the match performance that also included a goal. Netted for the Belgians in their 3-0 win over Panathinaikos in the last round of qualifiers.

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