An Incredible fact for sure, Old Trafford’s capacity of 74,000 is more than 50 per cent bigger than the 48,000 population of Herning, the town from Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark where Midtjylland are based.

The Danish outfits were founded only 16 years ago, when Ikast FS and Herning Fremad, two local clubs were merged by local businessmen Johnny Rune and Steen Hessel. Only last year they saw a first major trophy haul which came on the back of 15 match unbeaten run at their home ground.

United’s Europa League opponent Midtjylland have already ousted one premier league side, shocking Southampton with a 2-1 victory on aggregate in the play-offs.

But Manchester United’s star midfielder Juan Mata has now promised that Louis van Gaal’s men will not accept the same fate.

Saturday’s frustrating 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth confirmed the Red Devils have now gone five matches without a win, having been thrown out of the Champions League. And their beloved team’s poor results have seen supporters become highly vociferous towards manager Louis van Gaal.

However, in his weekly blog, Mata assured a strong return: “I’ve been thinking a lot about Saturday evening and what to tell you after such a disappointing week… I know that you don’t want to read this, that words are not enough right now. 

“And I agree with you. For me, writing is complicated when all I really want now is to have another game to play as soon as possible. 

“This bad streak will pass.

“When we were coming back from Bournemouth all I could think about was the frustration of the defeat, the disappointment of those who came with us.

“And the only thing to turn that anger into happiness is through good results, not words.

“In these moments is when we have to stick together more than ever.

“We are aware we have to get better and with the right attitude and each of us giving the maximum, we will get out of this situation.”

Manchester United, who are right now sitting fourth in the Premier League with only two wins from their last seven matches, welcome Norwich on Saturday before going for a trip to Stoke on Boxing Day and then return to Old Trafford to host down under Chelsea on 28 December.

 

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