Ronaldo, Sancho send reminders as Man Utd beat Sheriff
Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo gave timely reminders of their value with both on target as Manchester United got their Europa League campaign back on track with a 2-0 victory at Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.
United's Premier League resurgence was interrupted by a lacklustre home defeat against Real Sociedad last week but they responded with a businesslike win in Chisinau where the match was played because of security concerns.
Sancho, surprisingly left out of England's squad earlier on Thursday, slotted in United's opener in the 17th minute after receiving a pass from Christian Eriksen.
Veteran Ronaldo, given a start by manager Erik ten Hag after being consigned to the bench in the opening weeks of the Premier League season, tucked away a 39th-minute penalty to claim his 699th club goal.
Sheriff, who downed Real Madrid in the Bernabeu in last season's Champions League, offered an occasional threat but three-time European champions United were unruffled on their first ever trip to Moldova.
Sancho said it was "unfortunate" not to be selected for England's Nations League games, but said: "I have to just keep focussing on myself and keep on working hard, week in and week out, that's what I'll do."
United joined Sheriff on three points in Group E with Real Sociedad topping the standings on six points after beating Omonia Nicosia 2-1. Ander Guevara gave the Spaniards the lead but substitute Bruno levelled before Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth struck the winner in the 80th minute.
Iranian forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored twice in Feyenoord's romp against Sturm Graz to move top of their group on goal difference with each club having three points.
Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho's AS Roma scored three times in the second half to beat 10-man HJK Helsinki 3-0 in Group C -- Andrea Belotti scoring his first Roma goal to seal the win.