Daivd De Gea injury is another hammer blow for Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
De Gea was injured during this warm-up
De Gea was injured during this warm-up

Manchester United's miserable season has taken another turn for the worse after keeper David De Gea was forced to pull out of their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland after picking up an injury in the pre-match warm-up.

De Gea has been a shining star of United's campaign so far and was named in Louis van Gaal starting line-up for the clash against the Danish champions.

Yet word filtered through shortly before kick-off that Sergio Romero would take his place between the sticks for the first leg of the last-32 tie.

De Gea suffered a knee problem, with the severity of his injury to be assessed by United's medical staff in the coming days.

With United set to face Shrewsbury in a crucial FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, Van Gaal will be hoping his No.1 has not suffered ligament damage that would rule him out for an extended period.

Van Gaal is already struggling to get by with 13 of his first team squad in the treatment room, with Wayne Rooney the most recent high profile victim of the club's injury curse as is battling to recover from knee ligament damage.

Injury woes have been a theme of Van Gaal's troubled two years at Old Trafford, with question marks over the medical staff assembled by the Dutchman likely to be raised once more in the coming days.

United's opponents came from behind to beat the English side 2-1, with Louis van Gaal's tenure at Old Trafford seemingly hanging by a thread following the defeat.