Sheriff v United: Fans’ predictions so far

Thursday 15 September 2022 11:00

You can have your say on how you think Manchester United's away match against Sheriff Tiraspol will play out, through our very own United Predictions game.

The Reds enter the second Europa League fixture of 2022/23 looking to record a first victory, later today (17:45 BST KO), after a narrow 1-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad in our Group E opener last week.

Our Moldovan hosts, Sheriff, are expected to put up a stern fight, and will be hoping to add another big European scalp to their successes, after defeating eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid in the group stage of the competition last season.

Ahead of what is sure to be an intriguing encounter, you can play our predictions game now in the United App and have a guess at Erik ten Hag’s starting line-up, the Reds' potential first goalscorer and Man of the Match for a chance to win prizes.


At the time of writing, Christian Eriksen leads the way for the player who our fans believe will be named our Man of the Match in Chisinau.

Since his arrival at United in the summer, Christian has demonstrated his ability to conduct games effortlessly, occupying a deeper midfield position than we were accustomed to seeing him earlier in his career.

The Dane’s wonderful passing range and intelligence on the ball allow him to create chances for his team-mates at will. In a game where United are expected to see much of the ball, Reds fans believe Eriksen will have a vital role to play against the Moldovan champions. Eriksen just has the majority of your votes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, as you can see below from the current top five in this category...

21% = Christian Eriksen
18% = Cristiano Ronaldo
13% = Bruno Fernandes
11% = Antony
9% = Lisandro Martinez


When it comes to predicting the first scorer, one player stands out as a clear favourite among United supporters: Ronaldo.

The Portuguese icon started last week’s Europa League opening fixture against Real Sociedad and could retain his place in the starting XI for the trip to face Sheriff. It’s no surprise that our fans are backing Ronaldo to break the deadlock and continue his historically prolific goalscoring record in European football, later on.

35% = Cristiano Ronaldo
23% = Marcus Rashford
17% = Antony
10% = Jadon Sancho
6% = Bruno Fernandes

United depart for Moldova Video

United depart for Moldova

Watch the players arrive at Manchester Airport ahead of our afternoon flight to Moldova...


Despite last week’s loss to Real Sociedad, United supporters are unaltered in their confidence of a positive result in Moldova on Thursday.

The majority of fans are backing Ten Hag to record his first European win as Reds boss, against Sheriff, with over 60 per cent predicting that United will come back to Manchester with a clean sheet too.

Almost a third (28 per cent) of fans believe the Reds will triumph in a comfortable 3-0 victory, while 24 per cent are backing Ten Hag’s side to win by a 2-0 scoreline. A further 10 per cent of supporters have predicted that United will sweep Sheriff aside, by 4 goals to nil.

28% = Sheriff 0 United 3
24% = Sheriff 0 United 2
12% = Sheriff 1 United 3
10% = Sheriff 0 United 4
8% = Sheriff 1 United 2

Final training preparations Video

Final training preparations

United trained at Carrington earlier today, in our final UK session before Thursday's Europa League match...


A signed shirt is won by a fan after every fixture, while our monthly winners receive the same plus a United Direct voucher worth £50.

Play United Predictions now in the app for your chance to win these prizes. Please note, line-ups must be predicted by 90 minutes to kick-off.

All of the above data was accurate at 16:00 BST on Wednesday.