They may point to a lengthy injury list throughout this Premier League season, but Manchester United still sent out a starting XI that should have been more than capable of avoiding defeat at the very least in the 1st leg in Denmark. The fact that they not only lost 2-1, but turned in yet another totally abject performance just piles the pressure on manager Louis Van Gaal.
They avoided a potential banana skin, but they initially struggled to turn possession into goals in the 3-0 FA Cup win at Shrewsbury Town on Monday and FC Midtjylland are a definite step-up in class.
Midtjylland (whose majority shareholder Matthew Benham also owns Brentford and whose teams are big on data analytics) were only formed in 1999, the same year Manchester United were winning their historic treble. They do have previous European experience in Manchester, having been drawn against City in the then UEFA Cup back in 2008-09. On that occasion they won a 2nd qualifying round 1st leg 1-0 in Manchester, before losing by the same score late on back home and eventually going out on penalties. They also eliminated Southampton in this season’s competition.
Manchester United could be without as many as 15 players from the first-team squad, including David De Gea and Wayne Rooney. On paper they should still be the better team, but they look to be lacking a few leaders and with confidence low, they could struggle the longer they go without making a breakthrough.
Manchester United are very short-priced favourites and represent no value and backing Midtjylland on the Asian Handicap +1.75 goals looks far more attractive. With that bet, you win provided the Danes win, draw or lose by no more than one goal on the night. Should they lose by two goals, you would still get half your stake back.