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Belgians to attack United unless Neymar arrives

MANCHESTER UNITED aren't striking fear into the hearts of too many defences at the moment – I'm sure they will do after they've brought in Neymar for £250m – and I reckon Club Brugge will be tempted to have a crack at them.

United, Memphis Depay aside, have looked sluggish when they've been attacking and some of the Old Trafford faithful have even started to utter the name "Moyes".

Not, at least not yet, as in "bring back Moyes". It's more a case of "this is as turgid as it was under Moyes".

Well, at least they're winning more often, and the ponderous football played by Louis van Gaal has been fairly successful.

But surely at some point the opposition will decide to go hell for leather at this United team. Maybe I'm expecting too much of the Belgian outfit but I reckon, since they're 3-1 down, Club Brugge'll go for it, so I'm backing both teams to score.

I'm also backing Neymar to sign an incredibly lucrative new contract with Barcelona in the not-too-distant future.

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19:30 Fr 28Aug BT S

Guingamp v Marseille

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  • Abdel Barrada has averaged 3.5 shots per game, more than any other Marseille player
Expert verdict
Boss Michel couldn’t have wished for a much better start in charge of Marseille than their 6-0 hammering of Troyes but that victory shouldn’t be allowed to gloss over the club’s issues. However, three straight defeats have left hosts Guingamp low on confidence, so the best wager could be on attacking midfielder Abdel Barrada scoring first.