Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has placed blamed on a host of injuries after suffering a shock 2-1 Europa League away defeat to Midtjylland, Skysports reports.
Wayne Rooney has now been ruled out for six weeks ahead of the match while goalkeeper David De Gea picked up a knock during the warm up and was unable to feature.
That meant United started the game with 14 senior players injured, but still have a chance of progressing into the next round when they meet again for the second leg next week.
The result adds further pressure onto Van Gaal as he revealed after the match that the amount of unavailable players eventually took a toll on his selection.
“When you have a list of 13 injured players and a few minutes before the game we can add another player to the list. Then it is difficult to cope with such a list of injured players,” he said.
“But, nevertheless, after 10 or 15 minutes we controlled the match, we scored a goal but we gave also a goal away one minute before half-time. That’s a difficult time to concede a goal.
“In the second half, I have to say that Midtjylland was winning every ball. Again, that’s very disappointing, because you know in advance that’s the key of this game.”
His future in the dugout is now in serious doubt amid speculation that the Red Devils board are preparing to bring in former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to take his place in the summer.
Unless the team can win the entire competition, they could be facing another season without Champions League football as they trail fourth place Manchester City by six points in the league.