Erik ten Hag says Manchester United’s opening Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad means his side “have to win” Thursday’s second Group E game against Sheriff Tiraspol (Match Betting – Sheriff 10/1, Draw 5/1, Man Utd 1/4).
United’s four-game winning streak was ended last time out by Sociedad star Brais Mendez, who scored a 59th-minute penalty at Old Trafford to get his side’s Europa League campaign off to the perfect start.
It was a disappointing showing from the Red Devils, who sit third in Group E, but they have the chance to make amends when they travel to the Zimbru Stadium to take on Sheriff, who top the pool following their 3-0 victory over Omonia Nicosia.
Ahead of the contest, which begins at 17:45, Dutch tactician Ten Hag knows how important it is for his side to pick up three points and get back to winning ways.
He said at his press conference: “When you lose the first game, you have to win the second, so we know what our task is.”
United will be without forward Marcus Rashford due to a muscle injury and it is thought this issue will impact his chances of being named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming international break.
Sheriff are in fantastic form ahead of United’s visit, with The Yellow-Blacks on an eight-game unbeaten streak across all competitions in which they have conceded just one goal.