Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho on target as Man United win over Sheriff Tiraspol


Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored points when Manchester United took a 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.

Sancho was on target for hours after being dropped from the England squad and Ronaldo scored his first of the season when United knocked the Moldovans off in Chisinau to register their first points of the group stage.

Both goals came in the first half with Ronaldo’s, a penalty in the 39th minute, the 699th of his stellar club career.

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After a summer of speculation about his future, it underlined a strong performance from the Portuguese on his third start under Erik Ten Hag.

The result kicked off United’s campaign after their Group E opener defeat to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford last week.

The sheriff may have surprised European giants and eventual winners Real Madrid in the Champions League last season, but after much change on their side, they didn’t have the quality to consistently harass United.

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While the Moldovans started positively, Mouhamed Diop fired over from a distance after a mistake by Diogo Dalot, but they were caught as soon as United started to assert themselves.

Sancho, perhaps sparked by his omission from the national side, finished admirably in the 17th minute after catching Christian Eriksen’s ball on the edge of the area.

The former Borussia Dortmund star cleverly tricked a defender with a few clever touches and led in a shot from the base of the post.

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Sheriff reacted well when Iyayi Atiemwen cut in from the left and shot narrowly wide before also getting close from a free kick.

Ronaldo came close to doubling the lead after being let go by a quick free kick from Antony, but shot over.

Sancho was denied another by a goal-line clearance from Stjepan Radeljic after goalkeeper Maxym Koval passed the ball straight to Antony.

United’s second came from the penalty spot after Dalot was carelessly stumbled by Patrick Kpozo.

Ronaldo struck cool from 12 yards with a shot straight through the middle.

Bruno Fernandes forced Koval to a save with his feet early in the second half and Ronaldo stubbornly tried to put a shot into the top corner after a quick attack.

The sheriff has sometimes put together some good moves himself, but lacked a sharp edge. Ibrahim Rasheed sent an attempt into the lob and Cedric Badolo shot straight at David De Gea.

The sheriff pushed further in the closing minutes, but United had no trouble as they held out for the win.


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