Manchester United manager Eric Ten Hag confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday that he will not take advantage of Thursday’s match with Omonia Nicosia (now live on Channel A and VOYO) to rest his team’s strikers. « Everything we win. This is Europe, where every match is difficult. We want to win and first place in the group, » the Dutchman resolutely anticipates the fourth round of the European League.
Eric Ten Hag He took the match seriously, he announced at the press conference. He started the match with an offensive lineup and, among other things, was included in the starting lineup Marcus RashfordWho scored two goals in the first meeting between these two teams Anthony And the Cristiano Ronaldowho scored for United’s victory over Everton a few days ago.
United started the match decisively and scored a corner kick in the first minute. After a short pass Bruno Fernandez Taking a right-footed shot, Rashford wanted to hit the ball into the visitors’ upper right corner, but the visiting goalkeeper was just right. Francis Uzuho. And in the ninth minute of the meeting, after Rashford’s interception and a quick pass, Ronaldo also scored the first shot of the match, but only hit the outside net of the Cypriots’ goal with his left foot from a difficult situation. After Ronaldo, Rashford, who played beautifully, blocked the shot again, then Omonia’s defenders saved his shot, and after the ensuing corner, Fernandes showed himself with a sharp cross pass, but there was no one to put his foot down. Put the ball in the goal.
More than twenty minutes into the match, Rashford missed a great opportunity. After a pass from Fernandes, he found himself in front of Ozoh, but the Nigerian was quick enough to block the ball’s path behind his back and save the ball. Three minutes later, Fernandez Ozuho’s shot was made, but fortunately for him, the Portuguese hit a meter off the visitors’ right post. Within the first half hour of the match, Rashford fired for the third time and Ozuho was back in the right spot again. After half an hour of playing, try his luck again CasemiroWho set off from afar, but the crossbar prevented his joy.
The home team pressed until the end of the first half, but failed to score a goal. Omonia was closer to the goal in the 42nd minute, who could have done it with a fast foot Bruno, who broke through the left side advanced, but the Brazilian passed the ball over the United goal. The last chance in the first half of the match belonged to the home team, but Casemiro’s header was inaccurate after Fernandes’ pass.
United started the second half the way they finished the first. With a nice chance. First, Anthony was ahead, but he shot very poorly and Uzuho scored another save, then Rashford hit the ball poorly from close range and gave Uzuho a chance to save again when he hit hard with his left foot. Unique And for the third time in two minutes, the Nigerian proved himself in Omonia’s goal.
Neil Lennon became the second British coach to captain a foreign team against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The first was Bruce Roach, who captained Aalborg in the 2008 Champions League. Lennon, who started his football career with United’s rivals Manchester City, has already played for Leicester City and Celtic as a player against the Red Devils.
Ten Hag denied his tactics before the match: In Europe, every match demands a lot
Seven days ago, the Red Devils won 3: 2 in the first match in Cyprus, with two goals Marcus Rashford. The England striker suffered a blow in the latest league win over Everton, so it is not yet clear if he will be able to. Eric Ten Hag The trees were counting on him. The former Ajax coach will definitely be without the four Harry MaguireAnd the Aaron Wan-BissakaAnd the Donnie Van de Beek And the Anthony Martial. The latter scored a goal in the 63rd minute last week to give United a 2-1 lead.
Demons are expected in the first squad Cristiano Ronaldowho has not established himself in Cyprus – he missed a chance by 100% – but returned at the weekend with his first Premier League goal of the new season, making it 2-1 in the 44th minute. « He is getting better and better. I feel he can contribute more day by day, which is good for him and the whole team », Ten Hag said of the 37-year-old Portuguese.
At the same time, the Dutchman denied that due to the busy schedule in the Premier League, he could use Thursday’s match to rest the best individuals.. “Of course, you have to pay attention to how much someone plays, but that is why we have a wide staff and many footballers in the same positions. We also need quality individuals on the bench. We will do our best to win. This is Europe where Every match is tough. » The 52-year-old added.
The Red Devils have six points in Group E after three matches, which is three points less than Real Sociedad, the first-placed player, who has won only victories so far. Sheriff of Moldova is third with three points, while Cypriot Omonia is still without success. A member of the club from Nicosia who is also a former player of the Slovenian national team Matave teamWho has played just three games for the club this year, or a mediocre 118 minutes, and is still goalless. Even this time, the English coach is not expected to rotate Neil LennonWho will not be able to rely on the first goalkeeper Fabianawhich was also damaged.
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