Not long after adding to Manchester United’s already miserable season, Nigerian youngster Paul Onuachu admitted Midtjylland “expected more” from the English giants.
The Danish champions stunned the Red Devils 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 encounter at MCH Arena on Thursday night with Onuachu hitting the winning goal 13 minutes before the end.
Memphis Depay had put the visitors ahead in the 37th minute, but Ugandan-born Pione Sisto equalised just before half-time with the Danish midfielder making the most of Michael Carrick’s mistake to beat Sergio Romero in goal.
That set the stage for Onuachu to come from the bench and he shrugged off Juan Mata to fire home a low shot to beat goalkeeper Romero.
The Manchester United fans were the first to admit they were not at their best and they were heard chanting “we are f****** s***”.
Onuachu also felt the visitors were poor.
“I think I expected more from them but we gave them what they didn’t expect,” he told BT Sport. “We gave our best and got the result.”
“I think it’s fantastic! A dream come true to play against Manchester United.”
The return leg is February 25 at Old Trafford and the Nigerian hopes they can complete the job.
“I’m looking forward to the return leg, hopefully we’re going to get something,” the 21-year-old said.
“We’ve come out as the Danish champions, we beat Southampton and we’ll give it our best against United.
“Hopefully, we will [win], we just have to be positive. It won’t be easy but we’ll give our best.”