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Manchester United v Omonia Nicosia Live Commentary, 13/10/2022

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MUN
OMO
S. McTominay (90+3)
Old Trafford

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
McTominay's winner was a very important one as it leaves Man United just three points behind Real Sociedad rather than an overwhelming five points, with just two games remaining. The result does mean Omonia are out of the Europa League, but they can still make it into the Conference League. Man United will host Sheriff Tiraspol in their next European game while Omonia face group leaders Sociedad.
Omonia will be disappointed to walk away with nothing from this game, especially goalkeeper Uzoho. He made 12 saves throughout the game to stop dangerous efforts from the likes of Rashford, who had 10 shots today, Ronaldo, and Fernandes. Omonia defended well despite struggling in attack but substitute McTominay broke the hearts of the away fans with a very composed finish in the 93rd minute to secure all three points for the Red Devils.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 OMONIA NICOSIA
S. McTominay
Goal
Manchester United
90' + 3' GOALL!!!! 1-0 MCTOMINAY!!!! Man United find a goal in the 93rd minute to break Omonia hearts! Sancho’s initial shot is deflected into the path of McTominay, who takes his time before firing past Uzoho from eight yards out.
N. Panagiotou
Yellow Card
Omonia Nicosia
90' + 1' Panagiotou receives a yellow card as he pulls Rashford's shirt to stop a dangerous attack.
90' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
88' The traveling Omonia fans are making a lot of noise in the away end to try and help the team on the pitch secure a famous draw for the club.
M. Diskerud
Moreto Cassamá
Omonia Nicosia
86' Diskerud replaces Cassama in the Omonia midfield as Lennon's final change in the game.
85' Omonia are defending exceptionally well here to force Man United wide and make them take risks when going forward.
83' SAVE! McTominay fires a shot from outside the box towards the bottom right corner, but Uzoho is there again to make the save!
S. McTominay
Casemiro
Manchester United
81' McTominay replaces Casemiro for the final ten minutes of the match.
80' Man United are pushing a lot more bodies forward, leaving just Martinez and Lindelof at the back. Omonia are refusing to camp in their box and allow the hosts to attack freely.
78' A lot of Man United's attacking play is now coming down the left side as Sancho and Rashford are both overloading that side.
76' Eriksen, Ronaldo and Rashford combine well just outside the Omonia box. Eriksen takes on a long shot but Yuste makes a brave sliding block to stop the effort.
F. Papoulis
C. Charalampous
Omonia Nicosia
74' Papoulis comes on for Charalampous in the Omonia midfield
L. Loizou
Bruno Felipe
Omonia Nicosia
74' Loizou replaces Bruno in the Omonia attack as they search for surprise winner in this game.
72' Omonia are winless in 17 away games in major European competitions (D3 L14) and have won just two of 36 in total on their travels at this level, beating Rabat Ajax in 1985 and Shamrock Rovers in 1987.
C. Eriksen
Fred
Manchester United
70' Eriksen comes on for Fred as Man United push for a winner in this game.
70' SAVE! Uzoho makes a good save at his front post to stop a powerful effort from Ronaldo.
Moreto Cassamá
Yellow Card
Omonia Nicosia
68' Cassama receives a yellow card after a reckless sliding challenge on Casemiro.
66' Rashford tries his luck with a half-volley near the edge of the box, but it goes wide of the post.
P. Psaltis
A. Matthews
Omonia Nicosia
65' Matthews cannot continue due to injury and Psaltis replaces him.
K. Ansarifard
A. Kakoullis
Omonia Nicosia
64' Ansarifard replaces Kakoullis in the Omonia frontline.
63' CHANCE! Sancho and Shaw combine on the left wing before the former sends a low cross to Fernandes at the front post. He tries to flick it in at the near post but it goes over the bar.
62' There is a lot more space opening up in the Omonia half and Man United are trying to make use of it, but the visitors are defending deeper and deeper as time goes on.
L. Shaw
T. Malacia
Manchester United
60' Shaw comes on for Malacia in the Man United defence.
J. Sancho
Antony
Manchester United
60' Sancho replaces Antony on the right wing for Man United.
60' HUGE CHANCE! Rashford is put one-on-one against Uzoho with a long ball over the top of the Omonia defence, but he places his shot wide of the right post!
58' Rashford wins a corner after Matthews deflects the ball behind. Fernandes takes the set-piece but it leads to nothing for Man United.
56' Uzoho is back on his feet and play continues.
55' Uzoho is receiving treatment on the pitch after an awkward landing.
53' Omonia are not pressing as much in this half and sitting deeper to try and absorb the early pressure from Man United. This however is making it more difficult for them to create an attack.
51' Man United are once again dictating the tempo of the game and are trying to increase it to break down the Omonia backline.
A. Kakoullis
Yellow Card
Omonia Nicosia
49' Kakoullis receives a yellow card after pulling Rashford back to stop a counter-attack.
49' ANOTHER DOUBLE SAVE! Uzoho is on fire at the moment as he makes two more saves from close range! Malacia takes a first-time shot, which Uzoho stops, but he parries it into the direction of Ronaldo. The goalkeeper then smothers the ball following an attempt from Ronaldo.
47' HUGE DOUBLE SAVE! Uzoho has no time to warm up in the second half as he makes two big saves to deny Antony and Rashford inside the box!
46' Omonia get the second half underway at Old Trafford!
Rashford was a level above everyone else in the first 45 minutes and he will be key for Man United in the second half too. The home side will need to be wary of an Omonia counter-attack as they are very quick to capitalise on a mistake at the back.
Manchester United dominated the first half from the word go. Rashford forced an early save from Uzoho, one of four the goalkeeper had to make throughout the half. The winger came close to scoring again in the 22nd minute, but his shot with his weaker foot was straight at Uzoho. Casemiro rattled the crossbar in the 33rd minute before Fred missed a golden chance from six yards out as he headed Antony's cross over the bar. Omonia's only chance came in the 42nd minute when Bruno beared down on goal, but he chose to shoot from a tight angle over passing to a wide-open team-mate and wasted the opportunity.
45' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 OMONIA NICOSIA
45' CLOSE! Casemiro wins the header from Fernandes' free-kick but his attempt is just wide of the left post!
42' CHANCE! Omonia finally create an opportunity to score but Bruno shoots from a tight angle rather than passing to Kakoullis in the middle of the box and wastes the chance!
41' Man United are pushing hard at the end of this half to try and go into the break with a lead. This is forcing a few sloppy passes from the hosts.
39' CHANCE! Fred has a brilliant opportunity to break the deadlock from six yards out, but he heads Antony's cross over the bar! Omonia have been let off there.
37' The referee loses his patience at Uzoho as the goalkeeper takes too long with his goal kick. The official gives him his last warning as Omonia try to see the half through.
35' Man United are pressing hard when out of possession and Omonia cannot cope with it. The visitors are finding it difficult to retain the ball for long periods of time.
33' CROSSBAR! Casemiro rattles the crossbar from 25 yards out after Uzoho dives past the ball when attempting to save it!
32' Ronaldo picks the ball up on the edge of the box and shoots with his left foot while turning. Hie effort is wide of the target, much to the frustration of Malacia, who is wide open for the pass.
30' Man United have had 77.7 per cent of possession in the opening 30 minutes and have created nine shots with that possession, compared to the zero of Omonia.
28' ANOTHER SAVE! It is Rashford again who is making things happen for Man United as he forces another brilliant save from Uzoho. He beats Matthews for pace before curling a shot towards the bottom right corner. Uzoho dives low to his left and gets a fingertip to the ball.
26' Omonia are really struggling in the final third and cannot find their way into the Man United box to get an attempt at De Gea's goal.
24' Rashford is enjoying himself on the pitch as he takes on three players before he works a shot at goal. It is his third shot in the game, the most of any player so far.
22' HUGE CHANCE! Cassama plays himself into trouble in his own half and Ronaldo dispossesses him. The forward passes to Fernandes, who slips Rashford in on goal. The Englishman shoots with his left foot but hits Uzoho!
20' No Cypriot side has ever won away to an English side in Europe (D2 L6), with these games producing a total of 27 goals for the English teams at an average of 3.4 per game. This will be Omonia's third such game, losing the previous two against Arsenal (1994-95) and Manchester City (2008-09).
18' Man United are trying to find a way through the middle of the Omonia team when attacking but are struggling to do this as the visitors are doing a good job to keep a small space between the defensive and midfield line.
16' Lindelof attempts a long lofted pass to Ronaldo to try and get the striker in behind the Omonia defence, but his pass is overhit and goes out for a goal kick.
14' Man United are controlling possession well and finding a lot of joy in the wider areas. Antony cuts inside from the right wing and tries to find Ronaldo in the box, but the Omonia defenders stop the pass.
12' Bruno takes a free-kick for Omonia and crosses it to the near post where Fernandes clears the ball out for a corner. Fernandes also deals with the resulting corner.
10' With the wingers pushing the Omonia wing-backs deeper, it is leaving a lot of room for Dalot and Malacia to operate in. The latter plays a driven pass to Rashford in the box, who misses the target with his effort.
8' Dalot sends in a dangerous cross from the right side of the box towards Rashford at the far post. The striker tries to his best to reach it but it goes over his head.
6' Antony tries to get past Kitsos on the right wing using some of his trademark trickery but the defender stands his ground and sees the ball out of play to win a throw.
4' Omonia are trying not to drop too deep early but are recognising the pace that the Man United frontline have.
2' SAVE! Uzoho makes a great save early on to stop Rashford from scoring. Fernandes takes the corner short to the winger, who opens up his body and tries to bend it into the far corner. The goalkeeper makes a good diving save to keep the score level.
1' Ronaldo gets the game underway for Manchester United!
The players are coming out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Ronaldo attempted eight shots in the reverse fixture but failed to score, his most attempts without scoring in a European encounter since November 2019 for Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow (also eight).
Ten Hag makes two changes from the reverse fixture as Fred and Rashford replace Eriksen and Sancho in the starting lineup. Lennon makes five changes from last week’s loss as Uzoho, Kitsos, Panagiotou, Cassama, and Kakoulis come into the starting 11.
SUBS: Fotios Papoulis, Constantinos Panayi, Konstantinos Venizelos, Paris Psaltis, Jan Lecjaks, Roman Bezus, Mix Diskerud, Brandon Barker, Panayiotis Zachariou, Andreas Savva, Karim Ansarifard, Loizos Loizou.
Omonia Nicosia (5-3-2): Francis Uzoho; Adam Matthews, Adam Lang, Nemanja Miletic, Hector Yuste Canton, Fotios Kitsos; Nikolas Panagiotou, Moreto Cassama, Charalampos Charalampous; Bruno, Andronikos Kakoulis.
SUBS: Scott McTominay, Jadon Sancho, Tom Heaton, Anthony Elanga, Zidane Iqbal, Martin Dubravka, Facundo Pellistri, Christian Eriksen, Alejandro Garnacho, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neil Lennon’s Omonia are bottom of the group with zero points and are in desparate need of a win, or even a point, if they want to stay in Europe. They lost last weekend to AEL Limassol, but this was with a slightly rotated side.
Manchester United are currently second in Group E after winning the reverse fixture 3-2 last week. Erik ten Hag’s side also beat Everton 2-1 on the weekend with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner for the Red Devils. A win tonight could all but secure a place in the next round of the competition.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the UEFA Europa League fixture between Manchester United and Omonia Nicosia.