Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester Utd - Match Preview (EL)



The United squad have travelled to Moldova to take on Sheriff Tiraspol in their second Europa League group game tomorrow evening. The quick turnover of European fixtures means that Manchester United have a chance to rectify the disappointment of last week's 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, in which moments of quality were rare and chances scarce.


Kick-off is scheduled for 17:45 BST and can be viewed live on BT Sport.


The Players


Manager Erik ten Hag has chosen a very strong squad for the journey to Moldova, selecting key players Lisandro Martinez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Casemiro and Antony most notably. Team selection on the night is difficult to predict, given how United were surprisingly slow at Old Trafford against Sociedad, Ten Hag may opt for a team not too dissimilar to the ones he has recently picked in the Premier League - this option becomes more viable given United will not have another league fixture until they make the short cross-city trip to face derby rivals Manchester City at the beginning of October.


Players who have not travelled include the in-form Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.


The Manager


Earlier today Erik ten Hag spoke to the media to give updates on his squad and his general thoughts on the game ahead. He confirmed Marcus Rashford is struggling with a muscle injury, and therefore not in the squad. Asked about the duration of this injury, he said, "I don't think too long but I cannot tell how long."


Asked about whether losing to Real Sociedad last Thursday would add to the pressure for the upcoming game, he responded, "Pressure is for every game. For us it is the same because we have to win every game. It's clear, when you lose the first game you have to win the second, so we know what our task is."


Erik also plans to "play a strong team" against Sheriff, stating that he believes the team is "well prepared for the game."


The Opposition


Sheriff Tiraspol became well recognised in last season's Champions League campaign when they defeated champions Real Madrid at the famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium.


Similar to United, Sheriff Tiraspol have been champions of their respective first division 20 times. Nicknamed the 'Yellow-Blacks' or 'The Wasps', the Sheriff stadium holds just under 13,000 spectators.


They are currently sitting comfortably at the top of the Moldovan first division.

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