Man Utd vs Omonia Nicosia: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time as Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS Europa League clash | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED return to Europa League action in search of a second successive victory over Omonia Nicosia TONIGHT.

And the headline team news is Cristiano Ronaldo is STARTING at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese legend bounced back by scoring his 700th club career goal against Everton on Sunday and that could spell danger for Omonia as he'll be desperate to add to his incredible tally.

  • Kick-off: 8pm UK time
  • TV channel/ live stream: BT Sport 1
  • Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Fred, Casemiro, Fernandes, Rashford, Antony, Ronaldo
  • Omonia XI: Team to follow…

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  • Kieran Davies

    Red Devils looking to bounce back

    Man Utd have lost their last two home European games against Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.

    United have never lost three continental matches on the bounce at Old Trafford.

    A win tonight will set up a showdown away at Real Sociedad to decide who finishes top of Europa League Group E.

  • Kieran Davies

    United front reaps rewards

    In preparation for this evening's game, United went to behind at Everton before goals from Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo changed the game.

    Their dismal start is long behind them and sitting in fifth place in the Premier League, Man Utd are firmly in the Champions League conversation.

    One concern for ten Hag will be the nine goals conceded in their last three games with key defensive figures struggling from injuries.

    Credit: Getty
  • Kieran Davies

    Omonia Nicosia subs:

    1. Panayi, 2. Psaltis, 10. Loizou, 11. Barker, 13. Papoulis, 17. Lecjaks, 18. Ansarifard, 20. Zachariou, 42. Diskerud, 78. Venizelos, 79. Savva, 90. Bezus

  • Kieran Davies

    Omonia Nicosia starting XI:

    Neil Lennon opts for a 5-3-2 formation this evening, expecting that his side is going to have defend wave after wave of United attacks, utilising the counter attack when they can.

    23. Uzoho, 3. Matthews, 22. Lang, 73. Miletic, 6. Yuste, 14. Kitsos, 30. Panagiotou, 8. Moro Cassamá, 76. Charalampous, 7. Souza da Silva, 80. Kakoulli

    Credit: AFP
  • Kieran Davies

    Man Utd subs:

    31. Dubravka, 22. Heaton, 19. Varane, 23. Shaw, 14. Eriksen, 39. McTominay, 55. Iqbal, 36. Elanga, 49. Garnacho, 28. Pellistri, 25. Sancho

  • Kieran Davies

    Man Utd starting XI:

    Erik ten Hag makes three changes with Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Christian Eriksen dropping out of the side with Tyrell Malacia, Fred and Cristiano Ronaldo replacing them.

    1. de Gea, 20. Dalot, 2. Lindelof, 6. Martinez, 12. Malacia, 18. Casemiro, 17. Fred, 21. Antony, 8. Fernandes, 10. Rashford, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Credit: @ManUtd
  • Kieran Davies

    Lennon needing change of fortunes

    In preparation for this evening's game, Omonia lost 1-0 to AEL in the Cypriot First Division.

    That marked a fourth loss in five away fixtures for Omonia, who have not won a European game on the road since defeating Shamrock Rovers in 1987.

    Lennon will look at this game as a 'free swing' for his side with United heavily fancied to run riot tonight.

  • Kieran Davies

    United are a different beast now

    Omonia Nicosia's manager spoke of what he sees now as the challenge facing Man Utd poses:

    And on Sunday against Everton, I thought they were excellent, and they looked very composed and not in a great deal of trouble and I thought they should have won the game by more. I’m seeing a different Man United now to the one that was a little bit sort of cataclysmic last year at times – I think they’ve got more composure about them.

    Neil LennonOmonia Nicosia

  • Kieran Davies

    Cypriots flood city centre

    Omonia Nicosia have brought fans in force for tonight's game.

    Exchange Square was awash with green and white this afternoon.

    With the fans seemingly enjoying their trip to Manchester, they will be hoping Neil Lennon can mastermind a huge upset tonight.

    Credit: Rex
  • Kieran Davies

    Boss sets out targets for campaign 

    United’s Dutch boss has outlined what challenges he has set his squad for their Europa League campaign: 

    I told the players weeks ago, before the break, it was important to win the group. We want to win all the games, but it's clear, we want to avoid that [finishing second in group].

    Erik ten HagMan Utd

  • Kieran Davies

    A game of two halves 

    Trailing 1-0 to Neil Lennon’s side at half time, United fans were expecting a miserable journey home. 

    However, Erik ten Hag’s changes at the break swung the game in the visitor’s favour thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford and a goal from Anthony Martial. 

    United will be looking to assert their dominance for the full 90 minutes this evening.

  • Kieran Davies

    Dutchman to take foot off gas 

    With Omonia Nicosia a huge 28-1 with bookies to win at Old Trafford this evening, ten Hag could be tempted to rest and rotate in something that is expected to be a routine win. 

    The Red Devils edged the reverse fixture 3-2 in last week’s showdown, but the Cypriot minnows did give United a scare. 

    Man Utd may well utilise their squad depth at Old Trafford this evening. 

  • Kieran Davies

    Welcome to Man Utd vs Omonia 

    Man Utd welcome Omonia Nicosia to Old Trafford tonight looking to put pressure on group leaders Real Sociedad. 

    With the group winners progressing straight to the ‘round of 16’, finishing top of your group in the Europa League has taken a new importance. 

    No sooner had Anthony Martial only just begun to work his way into Erik ten Hag’s good books before coming off with a back injury against Everton on the weekend. 

    As a result, Ronaldo is in with a good chance of featuring from the start after putting in his strongest showing of the season so far at Goodison Park. 

    Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Aaron Wan-Bissaka remain absent for United alongside Harry Maguire and Donny van de Beek. 

    Raphael Varane was fit enough to appear as a substitute in the win against Everton and should be available tonight. 

    Varane is expected to form a partnership with Lisandro Martinez, while Marcus Rashford is likely to keep Jadon Sancho at bay on the left-hand side. 

    Martinez is one yellow card away from a Europa League suspension, as is Omonia’s centre-back Adam Lang but the Hungary international is in no danger of losing his place in Lennon’s backline. 

    Hector Yuste is expected to start ahead of Panagiotou despite his goal against United last week. 

    Lennon was forced to substitute Fabiano in the 57th minute last week so Kostantinos Panagi is expected to come into the side. 

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