Following the embarrassing and disappointing nature of the 2-1 defeat to FC Midtylland in the Europa League last week, Manchester United take on the Danish minnows in the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Already frustrated by the inflated ticket prices for the European clash, the travelling support were sent into despair as the hosts defied the BettingPro.com odds to take a first-leg advantage.

Arguably the worst result of the season and a second-half display devoid of any attacking inspiration, the Red Devils supporters will expect better this time around.

With hopes of a Premier League top-four finish starting to slowly slip away, progression in the cup competitions has begun to take on more importance for Louis van Gaal’s men.

A 3-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday night got the team back to winning ways and there is no reason that United cannot progress to the next stage of the European competition also.

One eye will be on the weekend’s clash with Arsenal, but victory over Midtylland and progression to the next stage of the Europa League would be the ideal confidence booster before facing the Gunners.

The Danish side should not be written off given the nature of their first-leg display, but Van Gaal has the required quality at his disposal to see United take the tie.

The experienced Dutchman has key decisions to make in regards to personnel and team selection, with any thoughts of resting players ahead of the Arsenal clash a risky tactic with the English side trailing.

The injury list at Old Trafford remains a major concern, with youngsters Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane all picking up knocks against Shrewsbury.

There is a chance that David De Gea could return against the Danes, but a host of senior professionals including captain Wayne Rooney will sit out the European clash.

However, with potential progression to the last 16 of the Europa League on offer, Thursday night’s clash becomes one that the Red Devils must win.