Midtjylland laugh about ‘horny’ LVG – and target ‘miracle’

Date published: Thursday 25th February 2016 9:21

Jess Thorup: Laughed about Louis van Gaal's 'horny' comment

Jess Thorup: Laughed about Louis van Gaal's 'horny' comment

FC Midtjylland coach Jess Thorup has no idea what Louis van Gaal meant when he said he wanted Manchester United’s players to be “horny”.

Van Gaal said at his press conference on Wednesday that he ‘often uses the word horny to his players’, leading to chuckles in the room and from Juan Mata alongside him.

The Dutchman’s comments had a similar effect on Thorup.

“I just heard that in the car outside of the stadium,” he said, smiling. “We were laughing a bit about the word horny.

“I don’t what to say and, if (you) translate the word horny, I don’t know what he means related to the game.”

Formed in 1999 from the merger of Ikast fS and Herning Fremad BK, Midtjylland arrive in the north west boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Few could have foreseen such a result – despite the Danish champions overcoming Premier League high-fliers Southampton at the play-off juncture – and bookmakers have priced United as short as 2/7 to progress.

Midtjylland sporting director Claus Steinlein said it will be “a bit of a miracle” to reach the last 16 – sentiments Thorup found it hard to disagree with.

“I think so,” he said. “I don’t know if the word miracle is, but FC Midtjylland is 17 years old.

“They have achieved what they have achieved this year and now they play against Man United, which is maybe one of the clubs with bigger history, one of the biggest clubs.

“If we manage to beat them over two games, I don’t know if it is a miracle but it’ll be big achievement.”

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