Manchester United face the prospect of getting their Europa League campaign up and running tonight as Erik ten Hag’s side take on Sheriff Tiraspol.
United kicked off their European season with a controversial 1-0 defeat at home to La Liga side Real Sociedad as Sheriff won 3-0 at Cypriot side Omonia.
Erik ten Hag has revived United’s domestic form in recent weeks but the Dutch boss will be looking for a reaction from his players in Moldova.
Sheriff famously won away at Champions League holders Real Madrid in 2021/22 and they are no strangers to a European upset.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing score updates and commentary from Chisinau.
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Sancho – MU – 17th Min
22 Mins: Sheriff almost hit back immediately as Iyayi Atiemwen’s awkward effort bounces just wide of de Gea’s post.
17 Mins: UNITED TAKE THE LEAD!!!
After a slow start, United step up a gear to carve through the Sheriff defence, and Jadon Sancho steps past a tackle on the edge of the box to fire the visitors ahead!!
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Jadon Sancho finishes off a lovely Man United move 😍
After being left out from the England squad earlier today, the forward responds by scoring the opener in Moldova 👊#UEL pic.twitter.com/qJYvDXEvsB
That England omission does not seem to be on his mind!!
15 Mins: First chance of the game falls to Sheriff, as Diogo Dalot’s loose pass gives away possession, and Mouhamed Diop fires over the top.
At the other end, Ronaldo takes a tumble inside the box, but the referee waves away his penalty appeals.
10 Mins: A few early nerves for United in Chisinau as David de Gea lashes a clearance out of play and Cristiano Ronaldo’s first break forward is halted.
KICK OFF: SHERIFF TIRASPOL V MANCHESTER UNITED
Matchday focus: 🔛#MUFC || #UEL pic.twitter.com/3sRB2GxC0D
10 Mins to KO: More from the United boss ahead of KO
“Pressure is there for every game, because 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 tonight.”
🔊 Erik explains his team selection and much more to #MUTV ahead of kick-off… #MUFC || #UEL
20 Mins to KO: Elsewhere is Group E, Real Sociedad welcome Omonia to San Sebastian, with Imanol Alguacil’s hosts aiming for successive Europa League wins.
KO off at the Estadio Anoeta is the same time as United get underway in Chisinau.
30 Mins to KO: Erik ten Hag on Sheriff test
“It’s quite clear, they beat Real Madrid and Shakhtar (last season), 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.”
1 hr to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!
Sweeping changes from Erik ten Hag in Moldova following United’s 1-0 defeat at home to La Real last time out.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane replace Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in defence with Scott McTominay starting over Casemiro in midfield.
⚪ Team news.
Introducing your United line-up for our #UEL clash against Sheriff Tiraspol 👊#MUFC
Bruno Fernandes captains the visitors, in place of Fred, with Jadon Sancho in for Anthony Elanga.
Sheriff are unchanged from their 3-0 win away at Omonia last week.
1 Hr 15 Mins to KO: A world away from Old Trafford, United will take on Sheriff Tiraspol at the Zimbru Stadium tonight, home to Zimbru Chisinau and the Moldova national team.
📍 Zimbru Stadium.
Where in the world are you following tonight’s match from? 🌍👇#MUFC || #UEL
Sheriff’s home ground – the Sheriff Stadium – is located in Transnistria, and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UEFA have stated Sheriff cannot play European games in the region.
1 Hr 30 Mins to KO: Manchester United duo Rashford and Sancho omitted from England squad
Despite a positive start to the 2022/23 season, Red Devils pair Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this month’s UEFA Nations League games.
Rashford is out through injury, as Sancho is overlooked, in the final rehearsal ahead of the 2022 World Cup, but Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are included.
Gareth Southgate has named a 28-man squad for our #ThreeLions‘ upcoming games against Italy and Germany:
Sheriff head coach Stjepan Tomas names an unchanged starting line up from their opening win away in Cyprus.
Sheriff Tiraspol lineup (4-3-3): Koval (GK) — Kpozo, Radeljić, Kiki, Zohouri — Badolo, Kyabou, Diop — Rasheed, Atiemwen, Ouattara
Sheriff Tiraspol subs (8): Celeadnic (GK), Heron, Vizeu, Moumouni, Salifu, Pernambuco, Pascenco, Guedes
Ten Hag rotates his starting XI again with Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane all starting.
Manchester United lineup (4-3-3): De Gea (GK) — Malacia, Martinez, Varane, Dalot — Fernandes, Eriksen, McTominay — Sancho, Ronaldo, Antony
Manchester United subs (12): Heaton (GK), Vitek (GK), Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, Casemiro, Elanga, Shaw, Garnacho, McNeil, Iqbal, Garnacho
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Sheriff Tiraspol play host to Manchester United at the Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena in Tiraspol, Moldova. It kicks off at 17:45 BST on Thu, Sep 15.
UK: Europa League matches are carried across BT Sport streaming and TV platforms. United’s match will be shown on BT Sport 2.
USA: Selected matches are televised on Paramount+ with additional options via Spanish language channels TUDN USA and Univision, which are available to stream via fuboTV.
Canada: Every Europa League match all season long are broadcast in Canada via DAZN.
Australia: Every Europa League match all season long are streamed in Australia via Stan Sport.