Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw.

Early team news for Thursday

Tuesday 13 September 2022 09:05

Manchester United will be looking to get our first points on the board in Group E of the Europa League, when meeting Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday (17:45 BST kick-off).

Ahead of the tie in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, the Reds will be focused on bouncing back from the defeat in our opening match of the competition to Real Sociedad.

Manager Erik ten Hag rested Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford for the 1-0 loss, while Lisandro Martinez, Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho were among those to come off the bench.

Luke Shaw has been absent of late but was pictured in training at Carrington on Monday, in his first session with the group as he begins building up to being match-ready, while Anthony Martial has remained sidelined since being injured in the win over Liverpool. Donny van de Beek and Facundo Pellistri have also been out.


Alejandro Garnacho came on for his European debut in the Old Trafford encounter last Thursday, with Charlie McNeill making his senior bow in the closing stages.

Radek Vitek, Tyler Fredricson, Zidane Iqbal and Kobbie Mainoo were added to the squad's B list and it will be interesting to see who travels to Moldova, following the postponement of last weekend's trip to Crystal Palace and Sunday's home match with Leeds United.

Anthony Elanga also qualifies for the B-list bracket and he started our previous match in the competition.

Several youngsters joined the main group for Monday's session, including Marc Jurado, Charlie Savage and Omari Forson.


Our hosts followed up their impressive 3-0 away win at Omonia Nicosia on matchday one with a 2-0 home triumph over Milsami in their domestic top flight, over the weekend.

The Moldovan champions have a cosmopolitan squad, with Brazilian Pernambuco and Nigerian Iyayi Believe Atiemwen scoring against Milsami.

Coach Stjepan Tomas will be pondering his options, with Pernambuco coming off the bench in Cyprus and pressing his claims since. Indeed, Tomas used all five substitutes against Omonia, including Brazilian defender Heron.