Early team news for Omonia v United

Tuesday 04 October 2022 12:00

Erik ten Hag will have much to consider when it comes to selecting his starting XI for Manchester United's Europa League group-stage match away to Omonia Nicosia.

The Reds head to Cyprus for Thursday's 17:45 BST kick-off on the back of a first loss in five matches, the Manchester derby defeat.

That short trip to the Etihad Stadium was the first of nine fixtures in a busy October, and it will therefore be intriguing to see which line-up Ten Hag opts for when he takes his squad on a much longer journey in midweek. 

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Our Europa League opener versus Real Sociedad may offer some clues; that came three days after another intense Premier League outing, against Arsenal, and the manager chose to make several changes to the starting side.

As for the away win at Sheriff Tiraspol, the boss picked a more familiar team to the one we have seen in recent domestic matches.

The Reds had blank weekends either side of that one but the Omonia game will be closely followed by a Premier League trip to Everton on Sunday evening.
As well as assessing the fixture list,  Ten Hag will have other factors to consider, including the fitness of centre-backs Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire. 

Varane was forced off in the first half of Sunday’s derby, while Maguire picked up an injury while on duty with England in the recent international break.

The boss is likely to be asked about both defenders during his pre-match press conference, which you will be able to see live on ManUtd.com, MUTV and the United App at 11:30 BST on Wednesday.

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Erik may also be quizzed on the availability of players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek, who were sidelined before the break and not in the squad at the weekend.

Martin Dubravka also sustained an injury while away with Slovakia and was not among the 18 players that were named in the matchday group at Manchester City. 

One player who returned to action on Sunday was Anthony Martial, who scored twice in the closing stages from the bench. He could potentially build on his minutes in Cyprus. 

The Frenchman came on shortly before the hour mark, replacing Marcus Rashford who got 60 minutes under his belt following a recent layoff.

Facundo Pellistri featured in the squad for the first time this season, as an unused substitute.

Omonia secure three points ahead of Thursday


Neil Lennon’s side moved to fourth in the Cypriot First Division ahead of United’s Europa League visit.


Top scorer Bruno is looking to find the net for a fifth successive match for the Cypriot side. In total, the Brazilian winger has netted five goals across all competitions this season, including their only goal in the Europa League so far, in the 2-1 defeat away to Real Sociedad.

Experienced goalkeeper Fabiano made his 100th appearance for the club at the weekend and kept his 44th clean sheet in a 2-0 win away to Doxa in the league. 

Former Celtic striker Gary Hooper is also in our opponents' ranks after reuniting with his old boss Neil Lennon. Meanwhile, Manchester City Academy graduate Brandon Barker is enjoying his first term as an Omonia player.