Manchester United goes into tonight’s Europa League second-leg clash with Danish minnows FC Midtjylland following the Danes surprising 2-1 a week ago.
And while manager Louis van Gaal will have solved Midtjylland’s tactic of putting three players in front of the goalkeeper for free-kicks, he still has a long list of injured players unavailable.
What this means is that the Dutchman will have little choice but to field the same team, hoping that his players have learned where they went wrong in the first let at the MCH Arena.
Goalkeeper David De Gea will again be missing for tonight’s match with FC Midtjylland, leaving 29-year-old deputy Sergio Romero once more to fill in for the injured Spaniard.
Full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson had returned from illness but only lasted 45 minutes against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Monday, before coming off with injury and Chris Smalling also suffered a slight knock.
Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo both returned to training at Carrington on Tuesday, but of the pair only the Argentinean defender is anywhere near ready to return, but will probably not be risked in tonight’s match given LVG’s defensive problems that leave him depending on the clubs youth to step up.
With Captain Wayne Rooney still out injured we expect to see Anthony Martial lead the Red Devils attack in a match that Louis van Gaal knows he cannot afford to lose.
Predicted XI: Romero; McNair, Blind, Smalling, Love; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Depay, Mata, Herrera; Martial.