Midtjylland eyeing 'miracle' against Manchester United in Europa League

Midtjylland manager Jess Thorup has said his side will be seeking a "miracle" when they meet Manchester United in the Europa League.

Danish champions Midtjylland will face Premier League giants United in the Europa League round of 32, with the first leg in Herning on Feb. 18.

Midtjylland finished second in Group D this season, while United dropped into the competition after failing to reach the Champions League knockout phase.

Thorup said: "Miracles have happened before, and we will probably need one again.

"However, we do not just lie down. We deserved to qualify for the round of 32, and we aim to prove that to ourselves and to our opponents."

Midtjylland goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen added: "This is as big as it gets. Of course, we have a chance [against Manchester United]. We can play without any pressure."

Premier League side Southampton failed to reach the Europa League group stage after they were beaten 2-1 by Midtjylland over two legs in the summer.