Following Manchester United’s defeat against FC Midtjylland, with fans having to pay £71 for a ticket, the 600 travelling supporters chanted “we’re f****** s**!”

After the game, Louis van Gaal was asked about this chant, and he claimed that maybe the fans are right in their assessment.

“They can say that in the second half. And maybe they are right.”

In the warm up, David de Gea picked up an injury, meaning United are now without 14 first team players. Van Gaal blamed the 2-1 defeat on Murphy’s Law, which is the idea that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

I think the Law of Murphy – when you start a game and your goalkeeper is injury number 14, then you are not starting like usual, I think. A lot of things are happening in the heads of the players. In the first ten or 15 minutes we were not so good. But after that we came into the match. We scored, we could have scored more. But then it’s too much. The second half we don’t win any duel, any second ball. You cannot avoid the second goal, but we could have scored also. Jesse Lingard had two remarkable chances. It’s the Law of Murphy, I think. I think that, in certain phases, we were not very well organised. We didn’t do things – in set plays for example, the defence was gone. That never happens. But that’s when you play another team every week with other players.

Despite the defeat, Van Gaal feels the tie is still alive, with United hosting the Danish side at Old Trafford next Thursday.

“It is always possible in football. We have the chance to beat them at home. We have to do that.”