>
My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Brugge boss Preud'homme admits it was hard to stop good friend Fellaini in Man Utd defeat

Club Brugge boss Michel Preud'homme admitted his side struggled with the aerial threat posed by Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in their 3-1 defeat to the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Tuesday.


Fellaini scored United's decisive third goal in the Champions League qualifying play-off first leg, heading home a cross from Memphis Depay in the 94th minute.

Preud'homme said the tasking of marking Fellaini was made more difficult by the 80th minute dismissal of Brandon Mechele for a second bookable offence.

"He is still my friend, of course," Preud'homme said of Fellaini, who he won the Belgian Pro League title with at Standard Liege in 2008.

"If you lose one central defender, it's difficult to mark all the good headers of the other team.

"Even if they're marking him, he's so strong with his head, so it's always difficult. We know him very well. I used him in this situation many times before.

"But you need to have the players to stop him and with one player less, it was difficult to do that."

Gerard Laws
About the author

Gerard Laws

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?