Manchester United will endeavour to claim at least the point they need to make it into the knockout rounds of the Europa League when they tackle Sheriff Tiraspol in Group E on Thursday night.
The Red Devils sit three points behind the perfect Real Sociedad in second place, while the Moldovan visitors to Old Trafford are third in the group, having claimed just one win so far.
Erik ten Hag’s men are still playing catchup in the race for a top-four place. It is a similar story in the Europa League, with Real Sociedad still sitting pretty at the top of Group E with 12 points as Man United currently occupies the runners-up spot.
The Red Devils enter Thursday’s game having gone unbeaten in their last six games in all tournaments, and despite going down to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on September 8, not since the 1996-97 Champions League have Man United lost two group-stage European games in a single campaign at the Theatre of Dreams.
Jadon Sancho and the recently-axed Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Man United overcame Sheriff 2-0 earlier this season. The new manager bounce cannot come quickly enough for a Sheriff side still reeling from Tomas’s sudden exit.