Heading into Thursday's match, all questions will be about Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation following his refusal to come on as a substitute in the win over Tottenham.
Manchester United have an opportunity to wrap up their qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League when they host Sheriff Tiraspol. In the Thursday night clash, the Red Devils will undoubtedly be the overwhelming favourites against the Moldovan side. When taking a look at the squad strength and quality all over the pitch, Man United are far superior to Sheriff. However, this tournament has seen plenty of surprises in recent seasons, hence Erik ten Hag will be keen to make sure his side do not take them lightly at Old Trafford.
|Manchester United vs Sheriff Tiraspol||Key Details|
|Date||27th October, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||12:30 am (Friday)|
|Kickoff time United Kingdom||8 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time Moldova||10 pm (Thursday)|
|Manchester United’s position in EPL||6 (20 points)|
|Sheriff Tiraspol’s position in Moldovan league||1 (27 points)|
When both sides faced each other in the reverse fixture, Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners thanks to first-half goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. On the other hand, Sheriff Tiraspol are sitting at the top of their domestic league with 27 points from 12 games. However, their manager Stjepan Tomas resigned following his side’s defeat to Petrocub at the weekend. They are sitting third in Group E and have just three points from four matches, while Manchester United are in the second spot with nine points from four games.
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Heading into this match on Thursday, all questions will be about Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation following his refusal to come on as a substitute in the win over Tottenham Hotspur. Even though Ronaldo is expected to be involved in the match, it will be interesting to see if he starts or comes off the bench. Raphael Varane suffered a knee injury during the weekend draw at Chelsea and is unlikely to return to club action till the end of the World Cup.
Manchester United will also be without Donny van de Beek, Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe. On a positive front though Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are back in training. However, it is not clear if they will be involved on Thursday. On the other hand, Sheriff Tiraspol will miss the services of Armel Zohouri due to suspension. However, they will welcome back Moussa Kyabou and Iyayi Atiemwen from suspension.
Manchester United possible line-up: Dubravka, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Antony, Sancho, Ronaldo
Sheriff Tiraspol possible line-up: Celeadnic, Guedes, Kiki, Radeljic, Kpozo, Diop, Badolo, Salifu, Akanbi, Vizeu, Pernambuco
|Tottenham Hotspur||2-0 (W)|
|Real Sociedad||3-0 (L)|
|Sheriff Tiraspol lose to Manchester United||0-2|
The UEFA Europa League match between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol will take place at Old Trafford on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
For football fans in India, live coverage of the UEFA Europa League matches will be available on the Sony Sports network. Besides, fans can also live stream the matches via Jio TV. Meanwhile, those in the United Kingdom can catch the live action between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol on BT Sport App, BTSport.com, BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate; and the fans in Moldova can watch it on Prime.