By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Morgan Schneiderlin is a shock omission from the Manchester United team for their Europa League clash against Midtjylland on Thursday evening.
The £25million signing from Southampton is named on the substitute’s bench despite the unavailability through injury of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini.
Michael Carrick is joined by Ander Herrera in central midfield as Louis van Gaal picks what appears to be his strongest available X1 for the away leg of the last-32 tie.
There are four changes in total from the team that lost 2-1 in the Premier League at Sunderland last Saturday with injured duo Wayne Rooney, Matteo Darmian and the ill Cameron Borthwick-Jackson replaced by Paddy McNair, Donald Love and Memphis Depay.
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Right-back Love, who made his debut at the Stadium of Light, is handed his first United start.
Van Gaal has named an inexperienced substitute’s bench, which includes Regan Poole, Joe Riley and James Weir, neither of whom have yet played for the first team.
Team: De Gea; Love, Smalling, McNair, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Depay; Martial.