Man Utd without David de Gea for Midtjylland second leg

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Louis van Gaal says his Manchester United side face a tough test to beat FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United will be without goalkeeper David de Gea for Thursday's Europa League second leg clash at home to FC Midtjylland.

The Spaniard injured his knee in the warm-up for the first leg tie at the MCH Arena and was missing again as United beat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday.

David De Gea was injured during the warm-up
Image: David de Gea was injured during the warm-up against Midtjylland

The Danish champions hold a 2-1 advantage going into the game at Old Trafford on Thursday after upsetting United in Herning last week and the goalkeeper will not be available as Van Gaal's side aim to turn the tie around.

When asked whether De Gea would return for the second leg, Van Gaal said: "I was hoping for that but he shall not be involved, that is certain."

Louis van Gaal pre-match press conference, FC Midtjylland v Manchester United, Europa League, Herning, Denmark
Image: Van Gaal says his Manchester United players must ignore the criticism they receive

The United boss also said his players must rise above any criticism they receive. While his team got back to winning ways against Shrewsbury on Monday night, Van Gaal and his players came in for scrutiny following the result in Denmark.

However, the Dutchman says the side must rise above that and denied United should be beating the likes of Midtjylland more easily.

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"There's a lot of criticism, so it can influence [the players] but they have to use their tools to ignore it," he said. "I think Midtjylland has a very good organisation, very detailed and the players want to perform for that organisation.

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 Louis van Gaal (L) Manager of Manchester United  during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between FC Midtjylland
Image: Van Gaal watches on as Manchester United lose to FC Midtjylland

"They play with diagonal pressing. I do that also with my team. Not many teams are doing that. And when I see the data of Midtjylland they have always won against English opponents.

"I was not a great player, as you know, but when I played for full stadiums, I was always at my best. So it is not a good signal for Manchester United. I think most of their players shall be excited and for them it is the biggest game of their lives, especially at Old Trafford and not at home."

HERNING, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 18:  Paul Onuachu (L) of FC Midtjylland celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 fir
Image: Paul Onuachu (L) of FC Midtjylland celebrates scoring his team's second goal against Manchester United

In better news for United, the manager revealed Marcus Rojo will start the Europa League clash on the bench, while Antonio Valencia also returned to training on Wednesday although the Midtjylland match will come too soon for him. 

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