Nick Powell played FIFA during Manchester United vs FC Midtjylland

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Nick Powell completely forgot to watch Manchester United in their Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland.

Instead of watching the Red Devils suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Danish champions, Powell, who is currently on loan at Hull City, told PA Sports journalist Simon Peach that he was playing FIFA.

Despite forgetting to watch his parent side, the versatile midfielder insisted that there's no excuse for United, claiming that they should have secured the victory on Thursday night.


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Dutchman Memphis Depay had handed the Red Devils a first-half lead, but goals from Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu handed the minnows the win. 

Powell, then, didn't exactly miss too much as Louis van Gaal's side were poor throughout proceedings.

FIFA time 

Simon Peach tweeted: Nick Powell admits he completely forgot to watch #MUFC last night... as was he was playing FIFA. "There's no excuse, they should have won."

Following the defeat, Van Gaal blamed the situation on bad luck, stating to BT Sport, as per the BBC: "It is the law of Murphy I think.

"A lot of things are happening in the heads of the players and in the first 10 or 15 minutes we were not so good."

United struggles 

However, there's a fundamental problem at Old Trafford and the dynamic at the club has to change sooner rather than later.

Ultimately, Van Gaal is very lucky to be in a job right now - his side have it all to do in pursuit of securing Champions League football for next season - and surely won't be in the dugout ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Injuries haven't helped the cause in Manchester - Spaniard David de Gea became the club's 14th player on the sidelines after injuring himself in the warm-up ahead of the Midtjylland tie - so it's fair to say that United have been out of luck, but they should still be in a far better position than they are now.

Too many players just haven't lived up to expectation and someone has to take the blame. Executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has certainly made a number of errors along the way and he is very much at fault.

The club have so much to do in pursuit of redemption, but it may be some time before they get back to their best. 

There's every chance that Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho will arrive in Manchester this summer, but he will have his work cut out. The revered coach endured a torrid final few months at Chelsea, but things won't get any easier for him at Old Trafford. 

He may well be one of the most successful managers in world football, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be able to bring the good times back at United. It could be his biggest challenge yet. 

Manchester United fans: who should replace Mourinho? Have your say below! 

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