Manchester United will clash heads with FC Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result on match day 2 of the UEFA Europa League campaign. The visitors will be coming into the match on the back of a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, whereas the home team recorded a thrilling 2-0 win against Milsami.
Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up ahead of the midweek clash.
‘Players absent from this trip include Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.’ – stated Manchester United’s official website.
“He’s not available. The consequence after Arsenal. He has a muscle injury.” – Erik Ten Hag said on Marcus Rashford’s injury.
“It’s quite clear [can he make England squad], sure, yes. He’s shown his great potential and quality [this season].”
“No, I don’t think too long, but I cannot tell how long. It’s not really bad and we expect him to be back quite soon.”
“It’s quite clear, they beat Real Madrid and Shakhtar, they are capable. We have to make it our game but we are conscious of that fact. They are a serious and decent opponent and we have to play our best for the win.”
“Pressure is for every game, we have to win every game. When you lose the first game, you have to win the second, so we know what our task is. We always play a strong team, so also tomorrow we will play a strong team.”
Flipping over to the hosts, goalkeeper Dumitru Celeadnic is expected to be absent following a positive COVID-19 test.
Tactical Preview And Key Men
Having lost on matchday one, the Red Devils will be heading into the contest looking to pick up all three points. Hence, Erik Ten Hag could ring in the changes and field the strongest possible starting eleven as several players are keen on an opportunity to impress. Former Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro are expected to be a part of the starting line-up, whereas Lisandro Martinez could return to feature in defence.
Sheriff Tiraspol’s possible starting XI:
Koval; Zohouri, Kiki, Radeljic, Kpozo; Badolo, Kyabou, Diop; Ouattara, Atiemwen, Akanbi
Manchester United’s possible starting XI:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Eriksen, Casemiro; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Sheriff Tiraspol 0-3 Manchester United.