Manchester United fans have blasted Club Brugge in an open letter to the city’s major after they returned from their Europa League trip which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Anthony Martial cancelled out Emmanuel Bonaventure’s early strike to set up an intriguing second-leg battle at Old Trafford this Thursday.
However, Red Devils fans were disgusted at their treatment from the moment they touched down.
United have a long, rich history in European competition but some supporters claim this was the worst away day they have ever been on.
“Many of us who have travelled the world following MUFC are of the opinion that this was the worst experience of a European away game they’d had for many years – and our previous recent visit to Brugge was a low point at the time,” the fans group said.
“The deplorable treatment we were subjected to during our visit to Brugge, by the local police and stewards.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that many fans were in genuine fear for their safety at times throughout the evening.
“We returned home with an impression of Brugge that should shame all those responsible for our safety and security.”
Fans claim they were made to track through horrendous conditions to make it to the Jan Breydel Stadium.
They also accuse the police of using heavy-handed tactics to disperse supporters such as using a water hose.
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“We have numerous reports that the police instructed taxi drivers to stay away from the ground and not to pick up Manchester United fans,” the statement added. “It was a long walk in horrendous weather conditions from the town to the stadium.
“We would be embarrassed if visitors to Manchester were treated as described above – are you not ashamed of the way visitors to your city were treated?
“Poor treatment is one issue but the safety concerns go far beyond that and we will be sending a report to Uefa outlining the issues our supporters have sent to us.”
The major’s office has yet to comment on the letter but United fans have been encouraged to submit their experiences to the Trust’s website.
Meanwhile, United returned to top form over the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford.
New £46million signing Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot.
Martial then added a second after being played through by Fernandes and young forward Mason Greenwood added a third.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side continue their momentum to progress to the last-16 of the Europa League on Thursday.
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