Manchester United’s Europa League fixture against Sheriff Tiraspol will go ahead, the club confirmed.

The match will be held as planned on Thursday night, meaning we do have a match to look forward to after all this week.

United’s Premier League game with Crystal Palace was cancelled in the wake of the Queen’s death.

A defeat in the Europa League opener to Real Sociedad puts pressure on United to get a result against Sheriff Tiraspol, who beat Omonia 3-0 in their opening fixture.

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Early Manchester United predicted line-up v Sheriff Tiraspol

Manchester United will have a week between games, allowing manager Erik ten Hag to pick a strong side for this away fixture.

What we currently do not know, is whether the match in the Premier League at home to Leeds United goes ahead the Sunday after. At present we are going to assume it does not, until we hear otherwise.

This would mean Thursday’s match could see Erik ten Hag select his first choice XI.

So what does Ten Hag’s first choice XI look like? It will essentially be the same team United picked against Arsenal last week.

This would see David de Gea in goal, and a back four of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Diogo Dalot.

Scott McTominay would return in midfield with Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.

Up front Marcus Rashford would lead the line, with Jadon Sancho and Antony joining him in attack.

Last week’s defeat to Real Sociedad showed Casemiro was lacking sharpness and Cristiano Ronaldo has lost a step in attack. Neither should be in United’s first choice XI right now.

The same applies to Harry Maguire, Fred, and Victor Lindelof, who should all also drop back to the bench.

This may be reconsidered if United have a match to play against Leeds next Sunday, but as it stands, Ten Hag will select his strongest XI against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Early Sheriff away XI
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