Omonia will host Manchester United in Cyprus in the Europa League group stage and below are our predictions.
Man United need a reaction following a huge 6-3 defeat to city rivals Manchester City over the weekend in the Premier League. And United have the perfect chance to do so against Omonia.
The Red Devils had won five from their last six games prior to the Manchester derby defeat, which suggests Manchester United could actually still be in decent form.
Erik ten Hag has decided to start with a strong team against the Cyprus side, which means the Reds are highly likely to be in total control of the game.
Manchester United Starting Lineup vs Omonia
Gk: De Gea
DF: Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia
DM: Casemiro, Eriksen
MF:Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo
With this formation, United are expected to score over three goals in this game and hugely likely to keep a clean sheet as Victor Lindelof will be keen to show Ten Hag his quality, now that both Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are out injured.
Our Five predictions:
Cristiano Ronaldo to score
The Portuguese international has scored only once this season and it came from the penalty spot against Sheriff Tiraspol before the international break. It’s about time Cristiano Ronaldo got on the scoreboard from open play. He’s the favourite to get the first goal in this tie.
Bruno Fernandes to provide an assist
The Portuguese star came under criticism last weekend following his poor display against Manchester City at the Etihad. Fernandes last provided an assist against Arsenal in mid-September and while he’s in the starting lineup, it’s wise to back him to provide at least one assist.
Manchester United to keep a clean sheet
David de Gea, after conceding six goals against Manchester City, will look to get his second clean sheet in a row in the Europa League, having inspired United to a comfortable 2-0 win at Sheriff Tiraspol. With the guidance of Martinez, Lindelof and Casemiro, the Spaniard is more likely to have a quiet evening.
Anthony Martial to score
Although he’s on the bench against Omonia, one may expect him to come on and put in a resounding performance, just as he did at the Etihad on Sunday. The Frenchman has scored twice in less than 45 minutes this season. He’s fit for the clash, and he’s in form.
Casemiro to be booked
Yes, this option is risky. It’s obvious Manchester United are going to dominate the game, which means the Red Devils would do less tackling. There could be a moment, where the home side find themselves in a rapid counter-attack and Casemiro could be called into making a tackle. BOOM!