By Joe Brophy
Manchester United will look for an instant response from their Manchester derby defeat in their Europa League clash against Omonia Nicosia.
The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 6-3 loss to rivals Man City which saw saw their recent winning streak end in emphatic fashion.
Erik ten Hag’s side now travel to Cyprus to resume their European commitments, sitting second in the table in Group E.
United have just one win from their opening two games, but Omonia remain rock bottom without a single point.
Omonia Nicosia v Manchester United: talkSPORT coverage
This Champions League clash will take place on Wednesday, October 6.
Kick-off at the Tsirion Athlitiko Kentro stadium in Limassol is scheduled for 17:45pm.
talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage of this game, with commentary coming from Alex Crook and former England striker Dean Ashton.
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Omonia Nicosia v Manchester United: Team news
Cristiano Ronaldo has started both of United’s Europa League games so far and is expected to be leading the line once again here.
The 37-year-old was an unused substitute in the Etihad thrashing and will be keen to make a statement against the Cypriot side.
Ten Hag will be sweating on the fitness of defensive duo Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire, with the former picking up an injury on Sunday.
The likes of Martin Dubravka, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek are all doubts but Anthony Martial could potentially build up his fitness with some vital minutes here.
Omonia Nicosia v Manchester United: What has been said?
Graeme Souness has agreed with Roy Keane that Ten Hag’s decision not to play Ronaldo in the Manchester derby was ‘disrespectful’.
Souness told the talkSPORT Breakfast: ‘He’s the best player in the world with Lionel Messi – he still has something to offer’.
“So, the disrespect Manchester United are showing him now, I don’t see the point in going through the aggravation which they have done in making him stay to not use him.
“It’s disrespectful not to use him. I don’t buy that [Ten Hag’s explanation], I think you’re showing more disrespect by not using him.”
“Ronaldo has an argument for saying, ‘I’ve been the best player ever’ – he can sit with any group of players in the history of the game if they were still alive and argue that,” the pundit said.
Omonia Nicosia v Manchester United: Match facts
- Bruno Felipe has been involved in 64% of Omonia Nicosia’s 11 shots in the UEFA Europa League this season (4 shots, 3 chances created), the highest ratio of any player in the competition this term.
- Manchester United have won five of their last six away games in the UEFA Europa League, with the exception being a 3-2 loss at Roma in the 2020-21 semi-final.
- Excluding qualifiers, Omonia Nicosia have won just one of their last 26 matches in major European competition (D6 L19), picking up a 2-1 home win over PAOK Salonika in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League.
- This will be Manchester United’s first ever European clash with a side from Cyprus. The only previous English Premier League side to face a Cypriot club in the UEFA Europa League were Everton in 2017-18 (v Apollon Limassol).
- Manchester United will be the third English Premier League side to face Omonia Nicosia in major UEFA competition, after Arsenal in the 1994-95 Cup Winners’ Cup and Manchester City in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. The Cypriot side lost all four matches.
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