For their first ever encounter with the three-time European champions Manchester United, Sheriff Tiraspol could not have prepared any better than by winning their past three games “to nil.”
They won all three of those games after taking a 1-0 halftime lead, including a 3-0 victory against Omonia Nicosia in the UEFA Europa League, so they’ll be aiming for another great start.
The opening goal might determine the result of this game since they would have a chance to make it five home games without losing (W3, D1). Additionally, all four of those games featured fewer than three goals. That was demonstrated in their lone prior encounter with an English team when Sheriff fell to Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in 2013 despite trailing 1-0 at the half.
Man United will be the overwhelming favorites to win after dropping their UEL opening 1-0 to Real Sociedad. Man United had won their previous four games, including two clean sheets. They have had plenty of time to reflect on what went wrong and figure out how they can have an influence on Europe this season as they haven’t played since that defeat following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
However, neither Man United nor manager Erik ten Hag have ever played a Moldovan team before, so this will be a novel experience for them. Christian Eriksen, a midfielder for Tottenham against Sheriff in 2013, who provided assists both at home and away, and Casemiro, a member of the Real Madrid team that defeated Sheriff 3-0 at home last season, can provide them with some information.
PLAYES TO WATCH: Sheriff’s Iyayi Atiemwen opened the scoring with three of his last five goals while Man United’s Jadon Sancho did likewise in two of their last five matches, both times inside the opening 25 minutes.