Moldovan fans came to Chisinău airport to greet Cristiano Ronaldo and his United squad when they prepared to fly Moldovan capital on Wednesday. Foot fans came for the Portugal star.
Fans are expecting to see Ronaldo in action in Thursday’s group match after the loss against Real Sociedad. But Ten Hag has not confirmed whether the Portuguese will start or come from the bench.
He apologised to the Moldovan fans by saying: “I’m sorry, the Moldovan fans will have to wait until tomorrow.”
Manchester United News: Ten Hag’s Comments on His Team
Football fans are desperate to take a selfie or autograph Cristiano Ronaldo after the game is finished. But Ten Hag is not ready to allow his squad to hang around with the fans, as they have to fly straight back to Manchester as soon as possible.
The 52-year-old manager said: “After the game, we have to go straight to the airport and return to Manchester because the players have international duties and they have to be prepared for them.”
Is Ronaldo a Starter or Not?
Ronaldo is expected to lead United’s forward line against Sheriff because Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are injured for now. Ten Hag has admitted that the game is a must-win for his team after suffering a shocking home defeat against Real Sociedad in their opening group game of the Europa League last Thursday.
The Dutchman addressed the importance of winning this game: “It’s the same for every game, we have to win.” He also added: “It’s clear that when you lose the first game, you have to win the second game, so we know what our task is.”
This match is United’s last game before the international break, as Sunday’s clash with Leeds has been postponed due to the British Queen’s death.
Ten Hag will try to introduce a stronger team on the field than the team which lost to Sociedad. Talking about his team selection, Ten Hag revealed: “We always play a strong team, so obviously tomorrow we will play a strong team.”
Manchester United news: Ten Hag’s Praise for Sheriff
Ten Hag has great respect for Sheriff. On this, he spoke: “We have to make it our game, we are conscious of that fact. We have to be ready and prepared for this game. It’s a serious and decent opponent and we have to play at our best to win.”
Sheriff has won the last six Moldovan league titles in a row. They have a great record against big clubs in Europe. The most notable achievement was beating Champion Real Madrid at Bernabeu last year. They also defeated Shakhtar Donetsk.
In this season, they have also begun their campaign with a 3-0 win against Neil Lennon’s Omonia Nicosia on Thursday. On his strong opponent, Ten Hag said: “They beat Real Madrid and they beat Shakhtar Donetsk last year, so they are capable of doing that.”
The postponement of English Premier League matches has created chaos in the Premier League fixture. In the next game on October 28 against Sheriff, Man Utd will have to go through a difficult and hectic schedule. If they win this match, they will be at a big advantage for the future fixture.