FC Midtjylland vs Manchester United Recap – Europa League Round of 32 – Hoof Notes

FC Midtjylland 2 – 1 Manchester United


The Champions League competition has a little brother and its name is the Europa League. The Round of 32 fired up today with the first of two legs for the remaining teams with the second leg being contested a week from today.

Here is a quick list of some things that happened prior to the start of today’s match:

  1. Undisputed heavyweight goalkeeping champion of the world David De Gea had to be scratched from the starting lineup minutes before the start of the game. An apparent knee (knife) twist in warm-ups (my heart) will be closely evaluated to determine length of time out of the squad (killed me)
  2. Wayne Rooney, team captain, hair grower, (recent) goal scorer, and Danish chocolate lover was ruled out before today and probably for the next couple of months
  3. I saw Donald Alistair Love on the field again
  4. FC MichelinMan apparently have IBM Watson cranking out analytics that took them from the edge of bankruptcy to Danish league champions in a single season. Good.

Needless to say there was a ton of adversity to overcome for Manchester United on their trip to Denmark to face FC MitchumMan. All things considered, the match went well:

  1. My how quickly we forget the significance of an away goal in Europa/Champions League competitions. Memphis gave Manchester United a huge boost in scoring today. This is extremely important and means a 1-0 win at home next Thursday secures a spot in the next round for the MUFC.
  2. If indeed David De Gea is going to miss game time, we got to see some of the raw talent his backup possesses. Sergio Romero showed the quality that earned him the man of the match award in the 2014 World Cup semi-final match against the Netherlands. Super Sergio is what they called him
  3. One can only assume that LVG decided to implement his own analytics team to combat FC MistyMay’s IBM Watson and we got to see the rope-a-dope.exe algorithm in play today. The return leg back at Old Trafford ought to be fun to watch with these two programming heavyweights going to head to head

It is unfair to treat the result of this match in an additive fashion with that of the recent poor form in the Premier League. This is a two leg, aggregate score, away goal weighted affair. Cool your jets.