Manchester United won 2:0 in their second match of the Europa League group stage against Sheriff (Tiraspol). The match was played in Chisinau as the hosts are banned from hosting in their own stadium.
The two teams started at a rather calm pace and the game moved mainly through plays, but without anything more interesting in front of the two goals. In the 15th minute, the visitors managed to send a more dangerous ball forward for the first time and Cristiano Ronaldo fell in the penalty area and claimed a penalty for contact with a defender. Just a minute later Jaden Sancho received a good ball almost on the edge of the penalty area and with a calm play he opened for 1:0.
The home team responded with a dangerous shot in De Gea’s direction from Iyai Atiemuen. In the 35th minute, Varane had a good chance, but he was unable to score. A few minutes later, the home goalkeeper made a serious mistake in clearing the ball, the ball fell to Sancho, but his shot was selflessly cleared by Stepan Radelic. Shortly after, Diogo Dalot made a good run into the penalty area following a pass from Bruno Fernandes before being fouled and a penalty was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo for 2-0.
At the break, The Hague replaced McTominay with new signing Casemiro, who was given the chance to play one half. After that, the intensity of the match dropped drastically, and the two teams did not reach any situations very often. Manchester United came close to a third in the 55th minute when a cross from the left reached Ronaldo, but the ball proved awkward for the striker. In the 60th minute, Rasheed tried unsuccessfully to cross De Gea.
Sheriff’s best chance came in the 88th minute when the home side had the opportunity to take a direct free-kick from an excellent position, but the Spanish keeper did not allow himself to be taken by surprise.
Thus, Manchester United and Sheriff are on equal points, 3 each, in second place in the group, while Real Sociedad is the leader with 6.