Manchester United's triumphant return to European football in February wasn't quite as Louis van Gaal had planned.
It's a damning indictment of united's domestic woes that the europa league represents their best chance of champions league qualification— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) February 18, 2016
The Red Devils made the not-so-glamorous trip to FC Midtjylland on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie and were dealt the devastating blow early on of an injury to David De Gea in the warm-up...
Added to Wayne Rooney's absence, United fans were cursing their luck...
Under LvG, Manchester United have been cursed with injuries. Unlucky or something to do with his training regime? Bit of both?— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 18, 2016
Thankfully for Van Gaal's side, De Gea's replacement Sergio Romero more than held his own...
Future Real Madrid man D̶a̶v̶i̶d̶ ̶D̶e̶ ̶G̶e̶a̶ Sergio Romero is having himself a night. pic.twitter.com/VxfzFZUUAD— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 18, 2016
Who needs a fax machine when you've got Sergio Romero? pic.twitter.com/x65AKM6go5— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) February 18, 2016
And Memphis Depay bundled the ball home after half an hour to put the visitors in front...
Midtjylland 0-1 Manchester United (Hat) pic.twitter.com/imSsIFNAyF— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 18, 2016
Memphis gives Man Utd the lead...https://t.co/KTLKdj4pAw— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) February 18, 2016
Delighted to see Memphis on the scoresheet from one of the weirdest plays of football I've seen. Could have easily conceded.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 18, 2016
4 - Four of Memphis Depay's six goals for Manchester United this season have come in European competitions. Continental.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 18, 2016
It was all going smoothly for the English side until Pione Sisto fired in a leveller as the first half expired...
Midtjylland 1-1 Manchester United— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 18, 2016
And though Romero's form continued into the second spell, Manchester United fell behind after 77 minutes when Paul Onuachu struck to complete the turnaround...
3 - Teams to concede more than 1 goal in a European away game against Midtjylland since 2008:— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) February 18, 2016
The New Saints
The lad who just scored against United is rated 48 on FIFA. pic.twitter.com/B03s1sOsmn— Coral (@Coral) February 18, 2016
It's hard to comprehend how poor Manchester United are at present.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 18, 2016
Attention soon turned where it always does: Louis van Gaal himself...
Live footage of Ed Woodward. https://t.co/KzoC4BZGwr— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 18, 2016
Time to let go, Ed.https://t.co/d0JrEOR9vv— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 18, 2016
Why hasn't Louis Van Gaal been sacked yet? Making ManU looking like a joke.— cole (@TheColeHummel) February 18, 2016
Louis van Gaal should have been sacked before the new year. No words.— Dan (@DanTheStripe) February 18, 2016
And the Dutchman watched on as Midtjylland held their lead until the full-time whistle...
Manchester United have now failed to win 18 of their last 27 games in all competition.— United (@VintageMUFC) February 18, 2016
Enjoy the wine and mince pies.
At least it wasn't all bad for United fans—oh, wait...