By Andy Hyslop
- Valencia and Rojo return to first-team training
- Valencia close to return but not in time to face Midtjylland
- Rojo will be on the bench, playing for a maximum of 20 minutes
Manchester United go into the return leg against FC Midtjylland trailing by two goals to one. United will be looking build on their 3-0 victory against Shrewsbury on Monday night and progress in the Europa League.
Louis Van Gaal must be looking on this competition as his sides best chance to get back into the Champions League next season, given their current situation in the Premier League.
There can be no excuses for United if they fail to progress to the next round of the Europa League, Midtjylland being viewed by many as one of the weakest teams still in the competition.
Van Gaal will have to juggle his squad to the best of his ability, given that they played Shrewsbury on Monday night and face an important league against Arsenal on Sunday.
There was some good news for Van Gaal and United’s supporters on the injury front today, with the sight of Valencia, Rojo and Januzaj all training with the first-team.
Januzaj is cup-tied having playing in the competition while on loan at Borussia Dortmund in the first half of the season.
While Valencia isn’t quite ready for a return to the matchday squad but isn’t far away, while Rojo will make an appearance on the bench on Thursday night but is not likely to play more than 20 minutes.
Van Gaal stated he would have to wait on others, we believe those include Fellaini and Borthwick-Jackson who have been injured in recent games.
Van Gaal also confirmed David De Gea won’t be featuring in this game after injuring himself in the warm-up in the first-leg.
Donald Love will be available for this game after being cup-tied for the FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury.
We believe that Van Gaal will opt to field the same back five as he started with in the first-leg. Meaning Romero will continue in goal.
In front of the Argentinian goalkeeper, we belief that the manager will opt for a back four of Love, McNair, Smalling and Blind.
While in front of that we expect to see Carrick return in place of Schneiderlin, while the rest of the starting line-up is like to remain unchanged from the win over Shrewsbury on Monday night.