Man Utd chief Ed Woodward held meeting with players and staff before Brugge win

Manchester United 's players and staff were treated to a visit from club chief Ed Woodward before their 5-0 win over Club Brugge on Thursday.

The executive vice-chairman made the trip to The Lowry Hotel to give a speech before the pre-match meal, according to the Manchester Evening News .

Staff at the hotel were asked to keep away from the meeting room, where a 'convivial' meeting is said to have taken place.

Woodward is said to have left before players had finished their meal, and whatever he said to the group clearly worked.

Later that evening United stuck five beyond Club Brugge in the Europa League , booking their place in the last-16.

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Bruno Fernandes once again scored from the spot, before Odion Ighalo netted his first goal for the Red Devils.

Scott McTominay made it 3-0 before the half-time interval, with Fred scoring twice in the closing stages of the match to make it five.

"That's Man United as the fans want to see," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at full-time.

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"There's loads of movements, combinations, one or two-touch, runs into the box, attempts.

"We gave them two opportunities early on but I still think we have to be that type of team.

"Now we've had I don't know how many clean sheets, six in the last seven. That's not bad.

"That's a foundation to build from like the [Steve] Bruces and [Gary] Pallisters and [Peter] Schmeichels.

We knew when we made the decisions we made in the summer it was going to take time. As I've said a few times, Rome wasn't built in a day.

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"The culture, the attitude, the fitness, the camaraderie, the team spirit and maybe even the understanding between players have improved.

"We have missed that box opener that Bruno is proving to be now. There was one or two pieces missing and we still know we miss one or two to be where we want to be, but it's a work in progress.

"Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick] are fantastic on the training ground with the coaching and the boys are willing to learn. And now we've got more and more fit players."

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