Five things we learned from Manchester United's 3-1 victory against Club Brugge

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Taking a closer look at Manchester United's first European game of the season.

Manchester United played their most important match of the season so far on Tuesday evening, overcoming Belgian side Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

So what exactly did we learn about Louis van Gaal’s side on the night?

Memphis will be an Old Trafford star

Memphis Depay arrived at United with a big reputation but in his first two appearances he was clearly playing his way into form, having plenty of shots but failing to find the net.

That changed in dramatic fashion against Brugge, with the Netherlands international scoring twice – including a humdinger of a second – to ensure Michael Carrick’s early own-goal was quickly wiped out.

The young forward is going to be a star at Old Trafford, no doubt!

Rooney remains rusty

If Wayne Rooney is tasked with leading the line for United this season he is going to have to dust off his scoring boots sooner rather than later.

The England international looked better on Tuesday than he did the previous week against Aston Villa, but he still did not look like finding the net – a worrying sign for van Gaal with limited options to replace him.

United’s full-backs are outstanding

Last season United often played with make-shift full-backs but this time out they have Matteo Darmian and a fully-fit Luke Shaw, and what a difference that makes.

Both players continued their early-season form and one particularly exciting move saw Shaw bust a gut to run forward and almost set up what would have been one of the goals of the season.

Fellaini is the perfect Plan B

Marouane Fellaini is going nowhere this summer regardless of any rumours to the contrary.

He remains the perfect option from the bench when opponents are tired and United need a goal – as he proved in dramatic fashion with practically the final touch of the match.

Romero is no De Gea

If Sergio Romero is the successor to David de Gea then the Argentine needs to wake up a bit.

His dallying on his goal-line almost cost United a second away goal and for all his shot-stopping ability he is certainly not at the level of the young Spaniard whose future looks increasingly likely to be at Real Madrid.

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