Sheriff Watch: A closer look at Thursday’s opponents

Monday 12 September 2022 11:56

While ‘Sheriff Watch’ may well sound like something from a classic western film, read on to find out how our opponents for Thursday’s Europa League Group E fixture, Sheriff Tiraspol, are shaping up ahead of our visit to Moldova...

Sheriff currently sit atop our group following their 3-0 away win over Cypriot side Omonia in their opening Europa League fixture, and continued their domestic dominance this weekend too.

On Sunday, the Moldovan National Division table-toppers hosted second-placed Milsami at the Sheriff Sports Complex, in a fixture that was sure to get spectators excited.

Sheriff struck shortly after the first whistle, through Pernambuco, ensuring that they headed in at the break with a one-goal lead.

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And the league leaders put the result beyond any doubt as full-time approached, with Iyayi Believe Atiemwen doubling their lead late on.

The win extended Sheriff’s lead at the summit to six points, with the Moldovan side only being defeated once in all competitions this season.

That loss came in the Champions League qualifying stage in August, and our hosts’ resilience is something Reds manager Erik ten Hag will surely be wary of going into Thursday’s fixture.

In addition, the Dutchman will be keen for his side to produce the perfect reaction to last week’s 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad, as his search for a first European victory as United manager continues.

The boss will brief the media on Wednesday ahead of the clash, with the match set to kick off at 17:45 BST on Thursday.

You can keep up to date with all the key talking points from Ten Hag’s briefing – as well as pre and post-match coverage – through and the United App.