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3 Man United players with a point to prove to Erik ten Hag against Omonia in the Europa League

Cain Smith

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3 Man United players with a point to prove to Erik ten Hag against Omonia in the Europa League

Manchester United travel to Cyprus to face Omonia in the Europa League on Thursday, with three particular players looking to make an impact in the game.

After a loss and win in the opening two games of the European campaign, Erik ten Hag's side will be expecting to get their second victory in the group stages mid-week.

It would put the Reds in a healthy position to enter the knock-out rounds, however, three points is always easier said than done in these encounters.

A strong line-up is expected exactly for that reason, and there are three players who will be looking to prove a point to the Dutch manager during the game.

Casemiro

The five-time Champions League winner is yet to start a Premier League fixture for United, with Scott McTominay in fine form during the four game winning run which included wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.

However, following the 6-3 loss against Manchester City, there is a clear opening for the Brazilian in the middle of the park for the next game against Everton.

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A solid performance in this European encounter would go far in solidifying his place in the team on the weekend.

It is always difficult for a defensive midfielder to make an impact from the bench, which makes a likely start in Cyprus all the more important for Casemiro as he aims to make the position his own as the season progresses.

Alejandro Garnacho

The talented winger scored a last minute winner for the under-21s side on Tuesday evening in the EFL trophy against Barrow. He was then included in United's travelling squad for the first-team fixture the following day.

Garnacho is continuing to show his potential for the youth teams and is clearly trusted by Ten Hag. He's made He appeared from the bench in both of the previous Europa League fixtures and also on the opening day of the Premier League season in the 2-1 loss to Brighton.

Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United (Alamy)
Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United (Alamy)

This could be yet another chance for the wide man to make his mark in the first-team. While he is unlikely to start the game, the 18-year-old will be hoping to get some minutes from the bench.

With question marks over the depth in the attack for the Reds, Garnacho could see a regular space in the squad open up for him if he continues to impress.

Cristiano Ronaldo

It is surprising to see Cristiano Ronaldo's name on this list, but that is where the Portuguese forward is at the moment.

He was an unused substitute in the Manchester Derby loss and although the manager played down the decision, it seems obvious that Anthony Martial, who returned from injury, is the preferred option upfront.

The 37-year-old has started just once in the league for Ten Hag's men. He's been involved from the start in both Europa League games thus far, but is yet to impress in those encounters despite a penalty goal in the victory against FC Sheriff.

Ronaldo has scored just once this season (Image: Alamy)
Ronaldo has scored just once this season (Image: Alamy)

He has looked at his best from the bench in the league, but will not be happy with that involvement for much longer. Reports say that he is eying a move away from the club in January if the trend continues.

After being left on the side-lines on the weekend, we can expect Ronaldo to spearhead the attack on Thursday. It is a game where a good performance is needed from the forward if he wants to compete with Martial for the spot upfront after the Frenchman impressed in his cameo against City.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Europa League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Casemiro, Alejandro Garnacho

Cain Smith
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