How Sheriff are shaping ahead of Old Trafford trip

Monday 24 October 2022 12:01

Sheriff Tiraspol's preparations for Thursday's historic game against Manchester United took a hit at the weekend, as they slipped to their first domestic defeat of the season.

Our next opponents will be the first Moldovan team to visit Old Trafford when they fly over but they'll do so on the back of losing a top-two away clash in their league.

Sheriff remain in pole position in the Moldovan National Division, but second-placed Petrocub have cut their lead to six points after inflicting a 1-0 defeat on Sunday. Vladimir Ambros's goal in first-half injury time was enough to give the hosts the win at Stadionul Orasenesc.
Highlights: Sheriff v United Video

Highlights: Sheriff v United

Watch the best bits of action from our trip to Chisinau...

It was the 25th fixture of what is already an epic campaign for our Europa League opponents - they have played 10 more games than the Reds, having opened the season with a Champions League qualifier against Zrinjski on 6 July.

Sheriff went on to also beat Maribor (Cedric Badolo pictured above in that tie) and therefore reach the third qualifying round, before losing both legs to Viktoria Plzen and dropping into the Europa League.

Until Sunday, their only losses this season had been caused by clubs from other countries, including back-to-back defeats to Real Sociedad. Of course, United also beat them in our first meeting in Moldova, on 15 September. 

Red cards were shown to Sheriff players in both of their games against La Real. When the Moldovan side lost 3-0 in Spain, defender Armel Zohouri was sent off in the 33rd minute, while in the first match, Real Sociedad's 2-0 win was made more comfortable by Moussa Kyabou's dismissal just past the hour mark.

More recently, Sheriff have beaten FC Balti 2-1 at home in the league and hammered Sperenta Drochia 6-0 away in the Moldovan Cup, prior to their slip-up away to Petrocub.

Our first-ever visiting team from Moldova will train at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, a little over 24 hours before they walk out of the tunnel on Matchday Five in the Europa League.

Sheriff are currently third in Group E by virtue of beating bottom-placed Omonia Nicosia 3-0 in their first game. United are six points clear of them in second spot, with the objective of overtaking Real Sociedad at the top still alive as we go into the remaining two fixtures.

Last time we faced Sheriff Tiraspol

  • Report: Sheriff 0 United 2


    The Reds claim our first Europa League success of the season, as we comfortably see off the Moldovan champions.

  • 90 in 20: Sheriff v United Video

    90 in 20: Sheriff v United

    Watch extended highlights of our Europa League clash with Sheriff in Chisinau...

  • Ten Hag: We dictated the game Video

    Ten Hag: We dictated the game

    Erik discusses Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane and United's overall performance in our post-match chat...

  • UTD Podcast: Matchday | Sheriff (A)


    A new voice leads the UTD Podcast this week, as Harry Robinson guides us through Chisinau to tell the story of United's 2-0 victory over Sheriff, our first-ever match against Moldovan opposition. Harry talks to some travelling Reds about their long journeys and is joined by MUTV duo Ben Thornley and Mark Sullivan, plus journalists Laurie Whitwell and Neil Custis.