Manchester United v Sheriff Tiraspol LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo set to return in Europa League clash as Erik ten Hag urges focus on ‘important game’ not superstardom – kick-off time, World News the team and how to follow


Manchester United can keep their hopes of finishing top of their Europa League group alive with a win over Sheriff Tiraspol this week.

United are three points behind Real Sociedad and will face the Spaniards in their final group match next week.

Ronaldo is back in the first team to face FC Sheriff in the Europa League
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If United beat Sheriff at Old Trafford and Sociedad lose at Omonia Nicosia this week, both sides would face a final day shootout for top spot.

The Red Devils beat Omonia in their last European outing but have worked hard for their Europa League campaign so far.

Erik ten Hag will want to see better from his men and build on their encouraging form in the Premier League.

Man United v Sheriff: Date and how to follow

This Europa League Group E fixture is set to take place on Thursday, October 27.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The game will be shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate from 7.15pm.

BT Sport customers can also log in via the BT Sport app or website.

talkSPORT will have regular updates throughout the evening and talkSPORT.com will also have a live match blog.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Manchester United v Sheriff Tiraspol LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo set to return in Europa League clash as Erik ten Hag urges focus on 'important game' not superstardom - kick-off time, World News the team and how to follow
Ten Hag wants people out of the Ronaldo saga


Man United v Sheriff: Team news

Cristiano Ronaldo will be involved for United against Sheriff.

The 37-year-old was barred from the trip to Chelsea as punishment for his behavior in last Wednesday’s win over Tottenham.

Anthony Martial remains out and Raphael Varane will not play for United again before the World Cup.

Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to training.

Man United v Sheriff: what was said?

Ten Hag has confirmed that Ronaldo will return home for the Sheriff’s visit.

“Yes, Cristiano will be in the team,” he said. “This period was not difficult. I think we have said everything and we have answered all the questions.

“He was out for one game and now he’s back in the team as usual.”

While Ten Hag was happy to confirm Ronaldo would return, he was determined another press conference wouldn’t be dominated by the frontman.

“You don’t need to ask any more questions because I won’t be answering anymore,” he added with a laugh.

“I think everything we covered last week, everything we explained, so we have to focus on the game.

“We have an important game because we want to be number one in the group, so let’s focus on that.

“It’s done, he’s back and concentrating on the game. It’s important that Cristiano is involved in the team.

Manchester United v Sheriff Tiraspol LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo set to return in Europa League clash as Erik ten Hag urges focus on 'important game' not superstardom - kick-off time, World News the team and how to follow
McTominay fired Man United to victory over Omonia last time out
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Man United v Sheriff: Facts of the match

  • Manchester United have completed 75 streaks of 10+ passes from open play in the UEFA Europa League this season, the most of any team alongside Arsenal (75). Meanwhile, the Sheriff has had just 10 such playthroughs, the fewest of any side.
  • Sheriff Tiraspol have lost each of their last three UEFA Europa League matches, failing to score in every game. Sheriff has never lost four games in a row in major European competitions.
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 20 matches at Old Trafford in the UEFA Europa League (W15 D4), although that loss came on MD1 against Real Sociedad. The Red Devils have only once before lost two home group stage games in a single campaign – in the 1996-97 UEFA Champions League.
  • No Moldovan team has ever beaten an English club in major European competitions (P5 W0 D1 L4), losing both of those away games: Zimbru Chisinau to Spurs in September 1999 and Sheriff Tiraspol also to Spurs in 2013.
  • Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Sheriff Tiraspol in September was their first-ever competitive game against a Moldovan club.


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