Europa League: Possible Manchester United XI vs Omonia Nicosia & key stats


Manchester United travel to Cyprus to face Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday. After being humiliated by neighbors Manchester City on Sunday, United are hoping to bounce back in Europe.

The 6-3 defeat in the Manchester derby came after four consecutive Premier League wins. In United’s last Europa League outing, they beat FC Sheriff 2-0 with goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. On Matchday 1, the Premier League side suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad.

After two games in Group E, United are level on three points with Sheriff. Omonia Nicosia are yet to pick up any points in the group and Erik ten Hag’s side are favorites to seal another victory tonight.

Ten Hag has selected 22 players to travel to Cyprus. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka have all been added to the squad which traveled to Moldova last month.

Ronaldo should feature

Ronaldo is expected to see game time on Thursday. So far in 2022-23, he has played 378 minutes, played eight games and scored one goal.

Casemiro could also start in his preferred starting role. The former Real Madrid player is yet to start a Premier League game for United this season but will likely get the nod from Ten Hag in Cyprus. He could play alongside fellow countryman Fred in the engine room.

Possible Manchester United XI vs Omonia

De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Garnacho, Ronaldo.

Key statistics

United will be the third English Premier League side to face Omonia Nicosia in major UEFA competition, after Arsenal in the 1994-95 Cup Winners’ Cup and Manchester City in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup.

Omonia have won only one of their last 26 matches in major European competitions (D6 L19)recording a 2-1 win at home to PAOK Salonika in the 2020-21 Europa League.

– United have won five of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League.

– Omonia have lost their first two group matches. The Cypriot side were beaten 3-0 at home to FC Sheriff before losing 2-1 away to Basque Real Sociedad.

United bounced back from their opening matchday loss to Real Sociedad with a 2-0 victory over FC Sheriff.

What time does Omonia Nicosia vs Manchester United start?

The UEFA Europa League Group E clash between Omonia Nicosia and Manchester United kicks off at 12.45pm ET. It’s 9:45 a.m. PT.

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