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Omonia Nicosia vs Manchester United: Europa League preview, team news & predicted starting XI

Manchester United will return to their European assignments this week as they take on Omonia Nicosia in their third game of the Europa League group stage.

Omonia were beaten 3-0 by Sheriff Tiraspol in their continental opener and then lost 2-1 to Real Sociedad in their second game.

United also kicked off their Europa League campaign on the wrong note, losing 1-0 to Sociedad before picking up a 2-0 away win over Sheriff.

The Red Devils endured an embarrassing 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in their last game and will be looking to bounce back here.

When and where will the game take place?

United are set to hit the road for a third straight game and will head to the GSP Stadium in Cyprus for this one.

The match will be played on Thursday evening as one of the first eight games of the day.

Match Preview

Omonia Nicosia

The hosts endured a sluggish start to their season, kicking off with a 2-0 defeat to Apollon Limassol in the Cypriot Super Cup.

Their defeat to Sociedad last month marked a third straight loss, but they have bounced back to win their last two games.

Defeat to United this week could spell danger for their continental ambitions and they will be looking to avoid that.

The Cyprus outfit will be without midfielder Moreto Cassama on Thursday as the former Reims man is out with an injury.

Manchester United

After opening their campaign with consecutive defeats, United went on a four-game winning streak that included victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

They then found themselves on the wrong end of results once again, losing to Sociedad in their first group stage game before beating Sheriff in their second.

United’s return to action after the international break was gruesome as they were thrashed by their city rivals in the derby on Sunday.

Anthony Martial’s return was perhaps the only positive from the weekend’s horror show and the Frenchman could be handed a start. However, Raphael Varane is out with an injury.

Players to watch – Bruno vs Shaw

Both managers are looking to get a foothold in the group and will undoubtedly field a strong XI this week.

Bruno is enjoying a good run of form at the moment, scoring in his last four matches for Omonia, and will now be looking to continue that streak against one of Europe’s big clubs.

Luke Shaw has fallen down the order at United but came off the bench to replace Tyrell Malacia at half-time last time out.

The Englishman is keen to regain his starting spot at United ahead of the upcoming World Cup and will have a chance to impress this Thursday.

Omonia Nicosia vs Manchester United Predicted XI

Omonia Nicosia (3-5-2): Fabiano; Adam Lang, Nemanja Miletic, Jan Lecjaks; Adam Matthews, Fouad Bachirou, Charalambos Charalambous, Fotis Papoulis, Loizos Loizou; Bruno, Karim Ansarifard.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martínez, Luke Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Christian Eriksen, Anthony Martial; Cristiano Ronaldo.