Manchester United vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Europa League match preview, predicted lineups, quotes, form guide, injury news and how to watch

Man Utd host Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League as they continue to play catch up to group leaders Real Sociedad

By James Descombes Published: 26 October 2022 - 1.05pm

When and where to watch Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol

Manchester United vs Sheriff Tiraspol kicks off at 8pm on Thursday 27 October.

You can catch all the action from Old Trafford from 7.45pm on BT Sport 1, or online via our live stream.

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Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol match preview

With Real Sociedad expected to beat Omonia Nicosia in the other Group E match, Manchester United will need to win against Sheriff to keep pace with the Spanish side and ensure there's all to play for in the final match next week. 

Even a win might not be enough for United to top the table next week, due to goal difference, so a home hammering of the Moldovans would be more than welcome for Erik ten Hag's side. 

Ronaldo is more than capable of scoring lots of goals in this match, but will he be given the opportunity after his recent misdemeanors? It will be facinating to see if he's given a place in the squad. 

United are in good form and should make light work against Sheriff, but as we saw in the Red Devils' last match against Omonia, the opposition can raise their game and prove stubborn to break down. Sheriff beat Real Madrid in last year's Champions League, so anything is possible. 

Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol predicted teams

Man Utd: de Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, McTominay, Fred, Antony, Bruno, Rashford, Ronaldo.  

Sheriff Tiraspol: Celeadnic; Kpozo, Radelijc, Kiki, Heron, Guedes, Diop, Badolo, Mudasiru, Pernambuco, Akanbi.

Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Injuries and suspensions

The big question for Man United fans is whether Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the team for the visit of Sheriff Tiraspol. 

The Portuguese superstar missed out on the match against Chelsea after refusing to some on as a sub in United's victory over Spurs. 

This Europa League tie would give Erik ten Hag an opportunity to give CR7 a run out from the start in front of a home crowd. It would also offer Ronaldo a great chance to make an impact and get on the scoresheet. 

Inhury-wise, United have players coming back into contention. Harry Maguire, Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all close to returning and could feature in the matchday squad.

Defender Rafael Varane will definitely miss out though after suffering a hamstring injury against Chelsea at the weekend. 

Sheriff Tiraspol right-back Armel Zohouri will miss the trip to Manchester after receiving a red card in Sheriff's last Europa League match against Real Sociedad. 

Form (last 6 matches)

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Sheriff Tiraspol - WDWWWL

Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Form guide

Manchester United look to have found a more resiliant and effective way of playing under Erik ten Hag. 

Good results against Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea have demonstrated that they're capable of mixing it with the top teams, despite losing 6-3 to Man City. 

A finish in the top four no longer looks like a distant dream for United and they'll be confident of continuing their good run of form when West Ham and former manager David Moyes visit Old Trafford this weekend. 

In the Europa League, United have never been able to recover from their opening matchday defeat against Real Sociedad, who they'll face again on Matchday 6. 

Sheriff sit top of their domestic league, six points clear of their closet competition, Petrocub.

However, they did lose 1-0 to Petrocub at the weekend. 

In the Europa League, Sheriff sit third in Group E with three points. The Moldovan club would need to win their next two fixtures and score a hatful of goals to have any chance of qualifying for the next round. 

He said what?!

Cristiano Ronaldo's statement after refusing to come off the bench against Spurs: 

"As I've always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches. That hasn't changed. I haven't changed.

"I'm the same person and the same professional that I've been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision-making process.

"I started very young, the older and most experienced players' examples were always very important to me. Therefore, later on, I've always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I've represented.

"Unfortunately that's not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment gets the best of us.

"Right now, I just feel I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my team-mates and be ready for everything in any given game. Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was.

"This is Manchester United and united we must stand. Soon we'll be together again."

Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Last time they met

These two sides met on Matchday 2 of the Europa League back in September. Manchester United won 2-0 in Moldova with goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo - the forward's first-ever goal in the Europa League. 

Ronaldo
Will Ronaldo be given a chance for redemption on Thursday night?

Man Utd vs Sheriff Tiraspol: Players to watch

There's only one player people will have their eye on if he's playing, or even if he's sat in the bench - Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Will he show the right attitude? Can he put in a performance that shows he cares? His every move will no doubt be analysed in great detail at Old Trafford.