This Thursday evening, Manchester United travel to Cyprus to challenge Omonia Nicosia on day three of the Europa League group stage. A reaction from the Mancunians is expected after the debacle against Manchester City (6-3) last Sunday.
With no points taken in two days, Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia are currently in last place in this Group E of the Europa League. Neil Lennon’s side, currently fourth in their Championship, should not last long in this C3 campaign.
Conversely, Manchester United comes out of a humiliation in the Manchester derby against Man City (6-3). Erik ten Hag’s players hardly saw the light of day against Pep Guardiola’s impressive collective. This defeat marked the end of a 4 match unbeaten streak red devils in the championship. In the Europa League, Bruno Fernandes’ teammates are in third place, after their opening loss against Real Sociedad (0-1), then their win against Sherif Tiraspol (0-2). Announced as one of the candidates for the final victory, the Mancunians will have to be much more convincing in the game.
Neil Lennon, English coach of Omonia Nicosia, will be able to count on all his elements against Manchester United.
Starting XI: Fabiano – Matthews, Miletić, Lang, Lecjaks (c) – Dikserud, Charalambous, Papoulis – Bruno, Ansarifard, Loizou
For this trip to Cyprus, Erik ten Hag will not be able to count on Harry Maguire (hamstring injury), Martin Dúbravka (hit during the Slovakia rally) and Donny van de Beek (stroke). These three players were all already absent against Manchester City.
Raphaël Varane was released in the 40th minute of this derby and passed exams that were reassuring regarding his ankle. However, it could be preserved.
Starting XI: De Gea – Dalot, Lindelöf, Martinez, Shaw – Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes – Antony, Ronado, Sancho
Manchester United, who are big favorites for this meeting, should easily win in Cyprus. Ten Hag’s players will be keen to make people forget this terrible disappointment against Manchester City in the derby last Sunday. It will also be an opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to shine with the shirt off red devilsthe one who has been seen as a replacement by the Dutch coach since the start of the season.
Omonia 0-3 Manchester United