Manchester United achieved their first win of the 2022-23 Europa League season as they enjoyed a deserved 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol at Sheriff Stadium.
It didn’t take the visitors long to open the scoring as Christian Eriksen cut through Sheriff’s midfield to find Jadon Sancho, whose finish was fine after cutting off his left foot.
Sancho then nearly doubled his tally with an effort put off the line by Stjepan Radeljic, but Man United quickly went two goals for the better after Diogo Dalot earned a penalty kick by Cristiano Ronaldo in the middle to defeat the goalkeeper.
The Red Devils seemed content to be in control after the start of the second half, as they maintained control of the match. Bruno Fernandes approached a first-time shot from Dalot’s cross, and while Sheriff tried to respond, the hosts lacked conviction when implementing the finishing touch.
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The sure win by the Premier League made them show their class with a professional performance. Manchester United were patient on acquisition, and it looked as if the three parts of their system were working together. A is worth three points.
Erik Ten Hag’s side could have been more powerful in the second half, although that might be hard to consider as a negative.
Director rating (out of 10)
Eric Ten Hag, 7 – The team’s positive selection from Ten Hag demonstrated his intent to take the Europa League seriously, while his system offered a perfect balance between maintaining control of the game and creating high-value opportunities without committing too many players forward.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players presented after 70 minutes do not get a rating)
A goal keeper David de Gea6 – De Gea didn’t have much to do throughout the match, with Sharif’s best chance being a long-range attempt in the first half when Iai Atiemoine made space.
defender Lisandro Martinez7 – He passed the ball out of the defense in an impressive manner and was quick to block the counterattacks with his speed. He made a number of passes to allow his team to return to defensive form.
defender Raphael Varane7 – Alert to danger and deal with emerging situations by anticipating them quickly. Varane was also calm on the ball and looked to seize his opportunities to move forward quickly.
defender Tyrrell Malacia6 – Malacia kept things relatively simple for the overall solid performance. The 23-year-old could have been a little more cautious in the first half with the errors he made, but he has rarely looked turbulent defensively.
defender Diogo Dalot7 – Dalot used any opportunity to move forward and proved difficult to capture by the hosts, winning with a penalty kick for Manchester United in the 39th minute. Too bad he didn’t hit a low cross that Fernandes found.
mf Bruno Fernandez7 – Strong performer and rarely makes a wrong decision at night. The 28-year-old has always been an option from the 10th round, and he has shown playing a positive association when sending the ball to the Manchester United wings. He should have done better after the start of the second half.
mf Christian Eriksen8 – The Denmark international was able to advance the ball to promising areas with his vision of finding players in space. He got the decisive pass for Sancho’s goal with a pass that cut through Sharif’s midfield with ease, and this set the tone for his overall play as he continued to dictate play from midfield.
mf Scott McTominay7 – Another dominant display by the midfielder had him reclaim possession of his team over and over in the 45 minutes he starred in that night. Replaced by Casemiro in the first half.
mf Anthony6 – Anthony had some positive moments but he drifted in and out of the game a lot overall. A direct pass in the first half almost helped him in the decisive pass, but Ronaldo’s angle towards the goal was narrow.
mf Jadon Sancho7 – Sancho looked dangerous as he took possession of the ball and slipped majestically into his left foot before Manchester United fired for the lead. He came close to scoring a second cleared from the goal line.
attacker Cristiano Ronaldo6 – Ronaldo’s penalty kick secured his 699th goal for the club throughout his career. While he looked frustrated at some moments, his movement was constantly causing problems for the home team.
Casemiro (Mctominay, 45 inches), 7 – Presented in the first half, Casemiro impressed with his passing from midfield, as the former Real Madrid midfielder was not afraid to attempt direct balls in dangerous areas. Some strong defensive pauses helped restore possession to his team.
Look Show (Dalot, 70″), N/R Useful minutes for Shaw, who entered and did not need to play with a lot of intensity from the left-back.
Anthony Elanga (Ronaldo, 81 inches), N/R – He caused problems inside the penalty area when he brought him to Ronaldo.
Alexander Garnacho (Anthony, 90 in.) N/R 18-year-old Argentine international Garnacho appeared late.
Harry Maguire (Martinez, 90 in.) Not applicable – He replaced Martinez with two minutes of injury time.