FC Midtjylland 2-1 Manchester United

Michael Carrick (centre) and team-mates in Denmark

Manchester United entered a Europa League for a final 32 after being knocked out of a Champions League

Manchester United constructed another underwhelming arrangement as they mislaid to Danish side FC Midtjylland in a initial leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

United were though a series of harmed players, including Wayne Rooney, and mislaid David de Gea in a warm-up.

They took a lead by Memphis Depay’s shot though Sergio Romero, who stepped in for De Gea, was incompetent to forestall Pione Sisto equalising.

United’s Jesse Lingard strike a bar before Paul Onuachu struck a winner.

After losing to Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday, a Red Devils are 6 points bashful of a tip 4 in a Premier League, withdrawal gift for subsequent season’s Champions League really most in a balance.

Winning a Europa League could paint their best possibility of reclaiming a place in Europe’s chosen bar competition, though if they are to do that they will have to be most improved than they were opposite opponents who had not played for 71 days given of a Danish winter break.

That includes in a second leg of this tie, that is during Old Trafford in a week’s time.

Midtjylland were usually shaped in 1999, a year United won their famous Treble, though what they miss in story they done adult for with focus and ability.

De Gea damage starts bad night for United


Manchester United can form an whole starting XI from their harmed players

With 13 first-team players out and confronting a side whose methodical tactical proceed creates them a critical hazard from set-pieces, United suffered a vital reversal when goalkeeper De Gea harmed himself in a warm-up.

That meant a initial United start in 4 months for Romero, though a Argentine valid an means deputy with 3 good saves.

One was a retard to repudiate Vaclav Kadlec, who ran by unchallenged, only 56 seconds before United pennyless a deadlock by Depay’s close-range finish from Lingard’s cross.

Romero also constructed a glorious one-handed diving stop to keep out a absolute goalbound header from Onuachu in a second half.

Between those dual saves, he could not stop Sisto pulling a hosts turn with a shot that found a net around a shin of Chris Smalling.

Romero was equally unable to keep out Onuachu’s leader – a low expostulate after a surrogate kick Juan Mata on a corner of a box.

Life though Rooney


Memphis Depay (left) scored his sixth Manchester United idea opposite FC Midtjylland

A knee damage means United face a six-week discernment into life though captain Rooney – an deficiency that could turn permanent if reports of a pierce to China infer correct.

United have refused to criticism on conjecture about a striker’s future, though his deficiency authorised Depay to make his initial start given Boxing Day and gave Anthony Martial a possibility to start adult front.

Depay, a tip scorer in a Dutch fasten final deteriorate before to his £31m pierce to Old Trafford, had scored once in his prior 20 United appearances.

And while his arrangement in Denmark was not a important alleviation on past performances in a United shirt he was means to supplement a idea to his medium total of goals for a season, that now stands during six.

But a Dutchman, like a rest of a United team, offering small in a second half as a home side came behind to win.

Martial, who has operated essentially on a left given fasten a bar for £36m in September, was mostly unknown in his executive role.

Lingard struck a bar with a bombardment while a measure was 1-1, though United frequency threatened as a time ticked down.

What next?

United transport to Shrewsbury for an FA Cup fifth-round tie subsequent Monday, followed 3 days after by a lapse leg opposite Midtjylland during Old Trafford.

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