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Who’re the Copenhagen dangermen that may harm Manchester United within the Europa League quarter-final?

Manchester United take on FC Copenhagen on Monday evening knowing that victory will take them into the last four of the Europa League.

But, as Celtic found out earlier in the competition, the Danish outfit are an opposition that can hurt United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men allow them to play their way.

Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken says he fears the worst when thinking about the prospect of his Premier League opponents and says his Danish top-flight runners-up need to play the ‘perfect game’ in order to overcome United.

Sportsmail takes a look at the Danish danger men that Harry Maguire and Co should be looking out for when United step to the field in Cologne….    

Copenhagen showed promise when they beat Celtic in February - can they beat Man United?

Copenhagen showed promise when they beat Celtic in February – can they beat Man United?

Jonas Wind

The first person Solskjaer should look at as a danger threat is youngster Jonas Wind, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League round of 16 last week. 

The 21-year-old started the 2019-20 campaign in superb style, scoring five goals in his first six league games before suffering a serious knee injury that ruled him out for the rest of the regular season.

Jonas Wind scored twice as Copenhagen beat Istanbul in this year's Europa League last-16

Jonas Wind scored twice as Copenhagen beat Istanbul in this year’s Europa League last-16

But the coronavirus pandemic means Wind has made it back in time for the Europa League climax and at 6 feet and 2 inches will be Copenhagen’s biggest threat on Monday night.

Solskjaer should instruct his side to make sure the ball stays off Wind’s wand of a left foot.   

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Rasmus Falk

Danish winger Rasmus Falk scored the third goal in Copenhagen’s comfortable win in the previous round and will be tasked with getting round Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right hand side of United’s defence.

Winger Rasmus Falk will be looking to keep Aaron Wan-Bissaka busy on Monday night

Winger Rasmus Falk will be looking to keep Aaron Wan-Bissaka busy on Monday night

The 28-year-old graduated through the same youth system as Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen at Odense Boldklub and is as good at creating goals as he is scoring them.  

If he can pick up the ball in the final third then his low centre of gravity and quick feet can cause the United defence some problems. 

Mikkel Kaufmann

Teenage forward Mikkel Kaufmann was a January signing for Copenhagen having been top-flight rivals Aalborg BK’s top scorer during the first-half of the season.

Teenage forward Mikkel Kaufmann has been compared to Erling Braut Haaland this season

Teenage forward Mikkel Kaufmann has been compared to Erling Braut Haaland this season

The 19-year-old has shades of Erling Braut Haaland about him. He may not be the quickest of players but he certainly is clinical in the penalty area.

Like Wind, Kaufmann stands at around 6ft 2 inches tall so is a threat in the air, while his long legs also give him an advantage over defenders,

Michael Santos 

Uruguayan forward Michael Santos has enjoyed a fine debut season in Denmark, having joined from LaLiga side Malaga for around £2million.

The 27-year-old is one of Copenhagen’s top goalscorers this season, with nine goals in 34 games in all competitions. 

However, Santos has a fiery nature to him and pushed a Scottish police officer to the floor whilst celebrating a goal when Copenhagen knocked Celtic out of the competition back in February. 

The Uruguayan is struggling with a thigh strain issue, though remains doubtful for the Manchester United tie on Monday. 

Zeca 

Copenhagen captain Zeca could operate in the midfield with a blindfold on – quite literally!

The 31-year-old dominated the midfield during Copenhagen’s 3-1 Europa League win away at Celtic earlier in the season – and did so even though he couldn’t see.

The Portuguese midfielder was whacked in the face early on and struggled with his vision throughout the game. 

Copenhagen captain Zeca (left) is the beating heart of the Danish side's midfield

Copenhagen captain Zeca (left) is the beating heart of the Danish side’s midfield

After completing the 90 minutes, Zeca said: ‘Sometimes I was scared to receive the ball in the middle of the pitch in case I lost it.

‘It was very hard. I was so frustrated and nervous about making a mistake which might cost us a goal. But the other players were amazing. They talked all the time and spurred me on.

‘It was nice to see and hear and I stayed on the pitch because of them. It was a difficult situation, but I didn’t make any mistakes.

‘Now we must see how things go and talk to the doctor. Hopefully it goes away by itself.’ 

And there are some names that English football fans will recognise too…

While Copenhagen do have danger men at the top end of the pitch, there will be some familiar faces for fans of English football in the rest of the Danish club’s squad. 

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Manchester United will face a reunion with former right-back Guillermo Varela, who played 11 times under Louis van Gaal’s United side in the 2015-16 season. 

In Copenhagen's defence is Guillermo Varela, who played 11 times for United under Van Gaal

In Copenhagen’s defence is Guillermo Varela, who played 11 times for United under Van Gaal

Copenhagen have Bryan Oviedo, who scored the winner for Everton at Old Trafford in 2013

Copenhagen have Bryan Oviedo, who scored the winner for Everton at Old Trafford in 2013

Everton and Sunderland fans will recognise left-back Brian Oviedo, who rejoined Copenhagen at the start of the season. The defender scored the winning goal in a Premier League tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford in December 2013. 

The 30-year-old played 68 times for the Toffees between 2012 and 2016, while he was part of the Black Cats side that suffered double relegation the Premier League to League One. 

Meanwhile, vice-captain Andreas Bjelland spent three years at Brentford before joining Copenhagen in the summer of 2018. The defender scored just once during his time at Griffin Park.  

Vice-captain Andreas Bjelland spent three years at Brentford before moving back to Denmark

Vice-captain Andreas Bjelland spent three years at Brentford before moving back to Denmark

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