Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side drew 1-1 in Belgium last week, with the return leg set for Old Trafford on Thursday.
Houwaart is a very experienced Dutch manager, and has been in charge of more than ten clubs during his career.
And the 74-year-old feels Club Brugge may kick themselves if they don’t perform at United, because it’s a great chance to beat a huge European club.
He pointed out nobody really cares about Belgian football outside Belgium, and a win over the Red Devils would go down in history.
Speaking to HLN, via Sport Witness, he picked out one player to explain why: “It is just a pity that this is not the Manchester United of yesteryear, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Giggs. Like Pereira… That boy would have to fight to be in the starting line-up of Club Brugge.
“I think it is such a shame that Club did not start with its strongest team at home, because then they would have won 2-0 or 3-0, but now it will be difficult, which does not mean that Club should no longer believe in it. Clement (the manager): go for your strongest and most experienced team.”
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