By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Michael Carrick is likely to return for Manchester United’s Europa League clash against Midtjylland on Thursday.

The midfield veteran was an unused substitute as United beat Shrewsbury 3-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night.

But he will come into the reckoning for the clash against the Danish minnows Midtjylland as the Premier League giants attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg last Thursday.

It might mean Ander Herrera pushed forward into the playmaker role and the ineffective Memphis Depay demoted to the bench.

Sergio Romero will continue in goal after David de Gea was ruled with the knee injury that has sidelined him for the last two matches.

Louis van Gaal was unable to call upon a staggering 12 players for Monday’s match and then saw Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane pick up new injuries during the match, which he blamed on the club’s gruelling fixture list.

Marcos Rojo will return to the substitute’s bench on Thursday after three months out, while Antonio Valencia is closing in on a return. Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied after appearing in Europe for Borussia Dortmund while on loan earlier in the season.

With so few fit players to call upon, the manager will be forced to stick with the bulk of the team that beat Shrewsbury.

Manchester United (possible) Romero; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Riley; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Herrera, Lingard; Martial.