Midtjylland pulled off the biggest result in their short history last night, beating Manchester United 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League tie.
Given how young the club is, few Manchester United fans had even heard of the Danish minnows before being drawn to play against them, and Red Devils fans are still reeling from the shock defeat this morning.
It wasn’t just the result, though: United’s performance was truly shocking, as they were outplayed by the Danes for large parts of the game, and looked all at sea.
Without captain Wayne Rooney on the pitch, there was a glaring absence of leadership, and this was picked up on by Midtjylland’s Kristoffer Olsson, who pulled no punches in his analysis of Louis van Gaal’s side:
‘They play a little slow. It’s hard to have an opinion when it’s the first time I play against them, I don’t know how they usually are, but I felt that they didn’t have any real leader.
“There was a lot of negativity, but I don’t know if it was more than usual . We knew that they were feeling low and took advantage of that.”
Match-winner Paul Onuachu also milked the moment in his post-match interview, saying he expected more from United; while the Danes can be forgiven for basking in the glory, they’d do well to remember that there’s a 2nd leg to play.