United won both legs of their Champions League play-off against Brugge
and took maximum points from their opening two league fixtures against Tottenham and Aston Villa.
paid for their profligacy when Rooney broke the deadlock in the 20th minute.
The 22-year-old helped Brugge
cruise to the Belgian title last season.
It will be United's first meeting with Club Brugge
, but Van Gaal knows the opposition well.
Therefore, Bilic will need to come up with an offensively productive strategy to outscore Brugge
Home is where the heart is for Brugge
with Michel Preud'homme's team usually hammering their opponents at the Jan Breydel Stadium and that advantage points to a punt on the hosts.
It was a nerve–shredding final group match for the Scottish youngsters who came within the width of the crossbar from being eliminated as Brugge
pressed for a late winner but Stark praised his side for standing firm.
Birmingham were enjoying their best spell of the match when Brugge
struck at Victor Vazquez's corner.
parted company with head coach Adrie Koster at the weekend after a fourth successive defeat, each after losing a lead - a sequence started by City's 2-1 win there a fortnight ago.
Akpala had given Brugge
the lead with less than three minutes gone to stun the travelling Brummie support of more than 5,400 supporters.
Media reports mentioned that Brugge
are seeking to land the Egypt marksman in January.
Broos coached Club Brugge
and won two championships in 1992 an 1996.