This Thursday evening, Manchester United will travel to Cyprus to challenge Omonia Nicosia for the third day of the Europa League group stages. A reaction from the Mancunians will be expected after the debacle against Manchester City (6-3) last Sunday.
With no points taken in two days, the Cypriot club of Omonia Nicosia is currently in last place in this group E of the Europa League. Neil Lennon’s team, currently in fourth place in their championship, should not last long in this C3 campaign.
Opposite, 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 series of 4 games without defeats for the Red Devils in the championship. In the Europa League, Bruno Fernandes’ teammates are in third place, after their entry loss against Real Sociedad (0-1) then their victory against Sheriff Tiraspol (0-2). Announced as one of the contenders 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 of 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 (blow). These three players were all already absent against Manchester City.
Released in the 40th minute of this derby, Raphaël Varane passed examinations which were reassuring concerning his ankle. It could, however, be preserved.
Starting XI: De Gea – Dalot, Lindelöf, Martinez, Shaw – Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes – Antony, Ronado, Sancho
Widely favorite of this meeting, Manchester United should easily win in Cyprus. Ten Hag players will be keen to make people forget this terrible disappointment against Manchester City during the derby last Sunday. It will also be an opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to shine with the jersey of Red Devilshe who has been seen as a replacement by the Dutch coach since the start of the season.
Omonia 0-3 Manchester United