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Match report and team news for Manchester United’s Europa League tie against FC Sheriff

At full power? Due to the inconsiderate postponement of two of United’s domestic fixtures this month, the club will have gone 28 days without playing in the Premier League by the time the Manchester derby takes place on October 2. The defeat to Real Sociedad last week should eventually be forgotten, and United might as well play their best team in their only fixture in a 24-hour period to get three points. Ronaldo has been pardoned? If Manchester United had played at Selhurst Park last week, Cristiano Ronaldo would almost certainly have been on the substitutes’ bench. Ronaldo was rusty as a starter against Sociedad after a couple of encouraging cameos and was flagged offside more frequently than Filippo Inzaghi. Also see: Varane’s rise to prominence as Manchester United’s most important player Due to the absence of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, Ronaldo will most likely continue up front, giving him one last chance to score his first club goal before the end of the season. He was 19 and in his second season at United when he failed to score in August and September of 2004. Reaction to Sociedad? Perhaps the outcome of tonight’s game will not be as telling as Erik ten Hag’s choices. With no game in 17 days, it would be surprising if Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Casemiro, Fred, and Anthony Elanga all retained their starting spots following last week’s defeat to Sociedad. Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, and Jadon Sancho have not started a game in 11 days, and United currently sit at the bottom of Group E with no points. Choosing another ‘rotated’ team would be illogical. Is this Iqbal’s chance? United has taken one fewer player than the 23-man matchday squad allowed in Chisinau. Marc Jurado could have been added to the B list to offset the continued absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the Catalan trained with the first-team on Wednesday morning but has stayed in Manchester. Zidane Iqbal has appeared more frequently under Ten Hag than Donny van de Beek, and he is almost certain to enter October without a start this season. The Sheriff connection could provide Iraq international Iqbal with valuable playing time. Barca beef as well as shocking Rangnick explains how United recovered in the transfer window. Ripping up Solskjaer’s defence and more – the five key areas Ten Hag has improved at United FC Sheriff vs. United squad All the latest news and opinions from the United States Van de Beek must heed Ten Hag’s advice at United.

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