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Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

When Manchester United go to the Zimbru Stadium on Thursday to take on Moldovan powerhouses Sheriff Tiraspol in a game that is part of Group E, the Red Devils will be looking to pick up their first victory of the Europa League season.

On the first day of the match, the Red Devils were defeated by Real Sociedad by a score of 1-0, while their opponents at home defeated Omonia Nicosia by a score of 3-0.

Match Preview: Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United

Sheriff Tiraspol beat Omonia last week to strengthen their European credentials.

Iyayi Atiemwen, Rasheed Akanbi, and Mouhamed Diop scored for Stjepan Tomas’s team as they topped Group E and advanced to the knockout stages.

The sheriff must depend on their defense to prevent a repeat of last year’s round of 32 defeat to Braga. On Sunday, they beat Milsami Orhei 2-0 in Super Liga.

The sheriff has won six of eight matches since Viktoria Plzen eliminated them from Champions League qualification. In all contests, they’ve won eight straight.

Tomas’ defense has maintained seven shutouts and conceded only one goal in 720 minutes. Not even Braga scored on Moldovan soil in February.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death dominated the days before Thursday’s match at Old Trafford, therefore Manchester United had every right to fight Real Sociedad’s penalty.

Both teams stepped onto the ground at Old Trafford to pay their respects, but the atmosphere immediately turned nasty when Lisandro Martinez was penalized for a handball, even though the ball hit his thigh before his arm. Brais Mendez won the penalty kick.

Erik ten Hag and company won four straight Premier League games before the international break.

Old Trafford fans have watched their team score in all 15 European away games since pre-COVID October 2019. The sheriff’s determined defense will challenge the Red Devils.

Sheriff and Man United have never played a competitive match, although Thursday’s meeting will be the hosts’ third against English opponents after losing 2-0 and 2-1 to Spurs in the 2013–14 Europa League group stage.

Team News: Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United

The only player expected to miss action for Sheriff because of a positive COVID-19 test is goalkeeper Dumitru Celeadnic. Sheriffs have been able to go through their most recent two matches without picking up any additional injury worries.

Tomas made a variety of substitutions during the team’s win against Mislami Orhei last weekend, and the midfield pairing of Diop and Moussa Kyabou are expected to both make their way back into the starting lineup this week.

Atiemwen, who scored off the bench in that game, is expected to lead the line in place of Steve Ambri, but Abou Ouattara is facing a struggle to restore his position on the right after Pernambuco scored a goal in league play. Atiemwen scored in that game after coming off the bench.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United Prediction, Team News, Lineups Post Image

Anthony Martial, a striker for Man United, is still dealing with an Achilles injury and was not included in the matchday roster. Facundo Pellistri, Donny van de Beek, Martin Dubravka, Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Brandon Williams were also absent due to injury. The injury situation for Man United is not as straightforward as one might think.

As a result of Luke Shaw’s foot ailment getting well in time, he will be able to be a member of the team. On the other hand, Rashford’s absence should result in Cristiano Ronaldo getting another start in the final third of the field.

  • Possible starters for Sheriff Tiraspol are as follows: Koval, Zohouri, Kiki, Radeljic, Kpozo, Badolo, Kyabou, Diop, Ouattara, Atiemwen, and Akanbi.
  • The following players might start for Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Eriksen, McTominay, Antony, Fernandes, Sancho, and Rashford.

Our Prediction: Sheriff Tiraspol 0-1 Manchester United

Taking against a team with a defense as resolute as Sheriff Tiraspol’s is hardly a formula for a goal-filled performance from Man United, but Ten Hag is likely to recall his big hitters because to the lack of competition in the Premier League.

The team coached by Tomas is not to be underestimated in continental competition by any stretch of the imagination. However, a first-choice United backline can expect to stymie the attack mounted by the hosts, and the Red Devils should nick the odd goal in order to go into the international break on a positive note.



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