Manchester United secured their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds with a dominant 3-0 home victory over Sheriff Tiraspol.
The Red Devils can still finish top of Group E, but they will need to win away to Real Sociedad by two goals or more to leapfrog their spanish counterparts in the standings next time out.
Much to the chagrin of the home crowd however, the United attackers could not find a way to unlock the Sheriff backline in the opening exchanges.
Perhaps the best chance of the first half fell to United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese star was somehow denied from a yard out by Maksym Koval in the Sheriff net.
Finally, the hosts were rewarded for their efforts when Diogo Dalot rose above the visitors’ defense to head home from a corner in the dying minutes of the half to give United a deserved lead.
The final nail was driven into Sheriff’s coffin in the dying minutes when Ronaldo collected his own rebounded shot and tapped home from point-blank range.
After an opening round win in the Group, four straight losses were the downfall for the Moldovan league leaders.