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Midtjylland adds to United woes with win in Denmark

A miserable season for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United took a new turn for the worse on Thursday as they lost 2-1 away to Danish champions Midtjylland in the Europa League.

Midtjylland adds to United woes with win in Denmark
FC Midtjylland topped Man United 2-1. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
Goals from the talented Pione Sisto and young Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu gave Midtjylland the victory in Herning after Memphis Depay had put a weakened United side ahead in the first leg of their last 32 tie.
 
That away goal gives United every chance of turning things around in next Thursday's return at Old Trafford but the spectre of a humiliating exit hangs in the air at a time when Van Gaal's side lag behind in their bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
 
The Dutch manager has admitted winning the Europa League may now be his side's best chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League and this latest setback will only increase the pressure on him.
 
He sent out a weakened side with Sergio Romero replacing the injured David de Gea in goal, and the likes of Paddy McNair and Donald Love featuring from the start against opponents who eliminated Southampton earlier in the competition, and Midtjylland deserved their win.
 
“It's just not good enough. It's not acceptable. It's got to be a lot better,” admitted United midfielder Michael Carrick, speaking to BT Sport. 
 
“We didn't really kick on after we scored. With a performance and a result like that we go home very disappointed.”
 
Midtjylland star Pisto said the win was “crazy”.
 
“That was a good team that we managed to beat,” he told sports channel 6'eren, adding that his team would be ready to take on Man U when the two meet again in Old Trafford.
 
“It will be a whole other level […] but hopefully we can do just as well,” he said. 

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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