Manchester United found some of their mojo in a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, and next up for Louis Van Gaal's embattled side is a second leg last 32 Europa League fixture against FC Midtjylland.
United were poor in the first leg against the Danish champions, going down 2-1, after scoring the first goal of the tie. While they bounced back with a victory over Shrewsbury on Monday, it was, after all, against a League One side.
Midtjylland, as they showed in the first leg, will pose bigger problems, and Manchester United cannot afford another one of those off days, which has been all too prevalent this season under Van Gaal.
"I think Midtjylland has very good organisation, very detailed, and their players want to perform to that organisation," Van Gaal was quoted by The Guardian, trying to justify Manchester United's awful performance in the first leg. "They play with diagonal pressing.
"I do that with my team – not many do – and when I see the data of Midtjylland they have always won against English opponents.
"Everyone thinks it [beating Midtjylland] is nothing, but they have a lot of qualities. Everybody is thinking Manchester United have to win, because of the status of Manchester United, but you have to analyse the opposition."
At the end of the day, Midtjylland, with all due respect to the Danish side, is the kind of opposition you are more likely to face in the Europa League knockout stages than the Champions League. And if Manchester United consider themselves a Champions League team, then, yes, they must be beating teams like FC Midtjylland, with or without "diagonal pressing."
Van Gaal believes desire is what will make the difference in this second leg. "Most of their players shall be excited and, for them, it will be the match of their lives," Van Gaal added. "It's why I always say top teams have to cope with the resistance of their opponent.
"The word is 'desire' – be hungry, and a lot of times I use the word 'horny' to my players."
Team news: Manchester United: Sergio Romero will be in goal again, after David De Gea was ruled out with the knee injury that also kept him out of the first leg. The rest of the injury list remains long for Manchester United with Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj all missing as well. Another big blow could come in the shape of Chris Smalling, who is a big doubt.
FC Midtjylland: Goalkeeper Johan Dahlin is the only certain absentee for the Danish side, but Petter Anderson is also a slight doubt.
Where to Watch Live
Manchester United vs FC Midtjylland is scheduled for an 8.05 pm GMT (3.05 pm ET, 1.35 am IST) start. Ten Action will broadcast the Europa League match live in India on TV. Viewers in India and the subcontinent can also watch the action live online by live streaming on Tensports Live.
BT Sport Europe is the channel to watch Manchester United vs Midtjylland live in the UK, with the online live streaming option on Watch BT Sport.
Viewers in Denmark can watch the Europa League game live on 6 Eren.
Fox Sports 1 will show the UCL game live in the US, while the Champions League action can also be live streamed online on FoxSoccer2Go.
Viewers in China can watch the UEFA Champions League action live on PPTV Sports and QQ Sports.
Audience in Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Spain, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa can watch the UCL game live on TV on Bein Sports, with the live stream option on Bein Sports Connect.