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Sherriff Tiraspol 0-2 Man Utd: Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo gives Erik ten Hag a bounce back in Europa League

todaySeptember 15, 2022

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Cristiano Ronaldo & Sancho

Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo on target as Man Utd bounce back from Real Sociedad defeat; United move up to second in Europa League Group E behind Sociedad; United next face Neil Lennon’s Omonia from Cyprus in the competition after the international break on October 6

Jadon Sancho dedicated his goal to a young fan that gave him a pair of personalised shin pads

Jadon Sancho produced the perfect response to being left out of the England squad as he scored in Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol to help get their Europa League campaign up and running.

After losing their opening Group E game to Real Sociedad 1-0 last Thursday at Old Trafford, it was vital United bounced back in Moldova and first-half goals from Sancho (17) and Cristiano Ronaldo (39) ensured they did just that.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side’s second goal from penalty spot vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Antony and Diogo Dalot after scoring for Manchester United vs Sheriff Tiraspol

Sancho finished off a fine move with a scuffed effort on his left after Christian Eriksen’s reverse pass, before Ronaldo scored the 699th goal of his club career – and first of the season – from the penalty spot on a comfortable evening for Erik ten Hag’s side.

“Ronaldo needed that goal,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “Many times he came close, but he wanted that so much. We are happy for him and the team wanted to bring him a goal. You know that Cristiano will score a penalty.”

The win – United’s third in a row on the road – moves the Premier League side up to second in the group behind Sociedad, while Sheriff drop to third but are level with United on three points.

United were second best in the opening stages of Thursday night’s game in Moldova, but managed to open the scoring 17 minutes in, as Sancho finished off a slick move for his third of the season, dedicating his goal to a young fan who had gifted him a pair of personalised shin pads.

Sancho was inches away from doubling his tally and United’s lead 37 minutes in after being picked out by Antony, when his side-footed effort beat Sheriff goalkeeper Maksym Koval only to be stopped on the line by captain Stjepan Radeljic.

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