Cristiano Ronaldo could make his Manchester United debut against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday at Old Trafford.
Manchester United will look to stay within striking distance of Real Sociedad when Sheriff Tiraspol visits Old Trafford on Thursday night. And Erik ten Hag has received a mixed bag of team news updates ahead of his team’s latest match.
Raphael Varane is the latest absentee for Manchester United. The Frenchman sustained an ankle injury against Chelsea and will be unavailable for the foreseeable future. In addition, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, and Anthony Martial remain on the sidelines due to their respective issues.
As for the good news, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Donny van de Beek have resumed training. And the trio will be in contention to feature against Sheriff. Cristiano Ronaldo will also be in the matchday squad after rejoining first-team training. The Portuguese international missed the game against Chelsea due to his antics in the match versus Tottenham Hotspur.
Erik ten Hag spoke about Ronaldo during his pre-match press conference, confirming the veteran striker is available. The Manchester United boss said, “It’s not difficult but I think we set everything and we answered all the questions. So he was out for one game and now he is back in the squad as usual.”
In terms of team news, ten Hag stated, “They are all back in training.” Donny, Harry, and Aaron are all in training for tomorrow’s game. We will evaluate after training. I will make the decision in consultation with the medical [staff].”
Maguire might not be in good enough shape to begin. As a result, Victor Lindelof should replace Varane at the heart of Manchester United’s defense. The Swede will play alongside Lisandro Martinez, with Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw remaining at fullback. David de Gea starts between the posts, with ten Hag yet to use Martin Dubravka.
Up ahead in midfield, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen should form the double pivot again. Fred and Scott McTominay will thus be options on the bench for Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes will be the most advanced midfielder against Sheriff Tiraspol.
Ronaldo will be in the squad on Thursday, but he will unlikely make the starting lineup. So Marcus Rashford will spearhead the Manchester United attack against Sheriff Tiraspol. Jadon Sancho and Antony will be the two wide attackers for the hosts.
Predicted Manchester United XI: de Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford