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4-2-3-1 With Eriksen, Varane & Antony | How Man United’s Starting XI Could Look Like Against Sheriff

Sheriff vs Man United

Man United travel to Moldova facing FC Sheriff this Thursday as the Red Devils look to bounce back to winning ways following a disappointing loss against Real Sociedad in their previous Europa League encounter last week. With the team having failed to deliver a compelling performance last time around, Erik ten Hag is expected to deploy a competent starting line-up as United look to gain consistency across all competitions moving forward.

Having shown significant improvement on the pitch in recent weeks, the Dutchman will be keen on the team executing his ideas on the pitch over the coming period of fixtures. With the team yet to deliver compelling performances across all areas of the pitch, the Red Devils will be keen on continuing to improve their displays moving forward.

Sheriff vs Manchester United
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Marcus Rashford, Martin Dubravka, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka remain unavailable for the game on Thursday, with Luke Shaw emerging as the only player having returned to the travelling squad after recovering from injury. Expected to dominate possession, Man United will be keen on securing a compelling result against Sheriff in a bid to kick-start their Europa League campaign later today.

Probable Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Sheriff

Goalkeeper

David De Gea (GK): Whilst much remains to be desired to the Spaniard’s ability to contribute in the build-up play, De Gea is expected to retain his place between the sticks over the foreseeable future. Having shown promising signs in his willingness to expand on his attributes, De Gea will be keen on cementing his spot in the starting line-up moving forward.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot (RB): Amongst the team’s most notable performers hitherto, Dalot will be keen on continuing to deliver consistent performance moving forward. Having seamlessly adapted to his role under Ten Hag, the Portuguese full-back will be looking to cement his place in the starting line-up for the foreseeable future.

Raphael Varane (RCB): A commanding presence in the backline, Varane is expected to slot back into the starting line-up facing Sheriff. Having been vital to the team’s defensive displays in recent weeks, the Frenchman will be keen on continuing to deliver notable performances moving forward.

Raphael Varane
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Lisandro Martinez (LCB): Having forged an excellent partnership alongside Varane, Martinez is expected to remain a vital cog in the United backline moving forward. Expected to return to the starting line-up, the Argentinian will be keen on remaining consistent on the pitch moving forward.

Tyrell Malacia (LB): A tenacious figure at left-back, Malacia remains pivotal to the team’s dynamic moving forward. Having settled into his role within the team at ease, the Dutchman will be keen on cementing his place in the starting line-up over the coming weeks.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay (CM): Amongst the most impressive players in recent weeks, the Man United academy graduate is expected to retain his place in midfield ahead of Casemiro against Sheriff. Having executed his responsibilities efficiently in recent weeks, the Scotsman will be keen on continuing to deliver consistent performance moving forward.

Christian Eriksen (CM): A vital part of United’s impact in possession, Eriksen continues proving to be pivotal to the team’s prospects this season. Having transformed the team’s midfield dynamism, the Danish midfielder will be keen on remaining consistent in his performances over the coming period of fixtures.

Attackers

Antony (RW): Having started both games since his arrival at the club, Antony will be keen on delivering impactful performances moving forward. Expected to feature prominently in starting line-ups over the busy period of fixtures, the Brazilian forward will be looking to deliver notable contributions over the coming weeks.

Antony
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Bruno Fernandes (CAM): Although inconsistent in his impact on the pitch, Fernandes is expected to remain a starter over the foreseeable future. Enduring a significant change in his responsibilities under Ten Hag, the midfielder will be keen on returning to his best form moving forward in the season.

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Jadon Sancho (LW): Amongst the underwhelming players hitherto, Sancho will be keen on increasing his impact on games over the coming weeks. With much remaining to be desired from his performances, the winger will be hoping to return to his best ahead of a challenging run of fixtures.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST): Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up owing to Rashford’s absence on Thursday, Ronaldo will be keen on bagging his first goal on the campaign against Sheriff. Although having been occasionally utilised by Ten Hag, the Portuguese international will be keen on contributing to the team’s prospects moving forward.

Score Prediction:

Sheriff 0-3 Man United

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