Preview: Manchester United v FC Midtjylland

Manchester United need to overturn a 2-1 deficit against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford on Thursday to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

Louis van Gaal’s side squandered a one-goal lead in Denmark a week ago to lose to the Danish Superliga champions in their last-32 first-leg tie.

What made the result remarkable is the fact that the Wolves had not played a competitive match since December prior to the clash with United, but went toe-to-toe with the Premier League outfit and deserved their win at the final whistle.

The Red Devils bounced back from that disappointing loss with a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday to progress to the quarter-finals and will be looking to take that form into the deciding leg on Thursday.

The cup triumph also halted a three-match winless run in all competitions for the English giants, who face the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification through their league placing.

They are currently fifth and trail fourth-placed Manchester City by six points with 12 games remaining in the Premier League.

United’s success over the Shrews came at a cost, however, as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane were both forced off through injury.

Another absentee from Wednesday’s training session was Chris Smalling, who sustained an unspecified injury this week, which has put his participation in doubt.

David De Gea also sat out training and is unlikely to be risked against Jess Thorup’s men, while Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied having featured in the competition for Borussia Dortmund during his loan spell.

The hosts remain without injury victims Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney.

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