Saturday 24 June 2017

Manchester United player ratings and talking points from win over Zorya

Manchester United's players celebrate after their first goal
Manchester United's players celebrate after their first goal

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's fine solo goal helped Manchester United through to the Europa League knockout stages, opening his account in style as Zorya Luhansk were overcome on a testing night in Ukraine.

Initial struggles after a summer move from Borussia Dortmund appear to be a thing of the past, with the 27-year-old impressing on his return to a country where he plied his trade for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mkhitaryan's fine goal and a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike saw already-eliminated Zorya overcome 2-0 as United ended a seven-match wait for an away win in Europe and finished second in Group A.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Zorya 0 Man Utd 2 - Ibrahimovic wraps it up. Next stop: the Europa League last-32." - PA chief football writer Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) as Manchester United comfortably secure second place in Group A.

STAR MAN

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The start to the Armenian's Old Trafford career has not been the most straightforward, but he is beginning to show his quality on an increasingly regular basis. The former Shakhtar Donetsk player looked comfortable in difficult conditions and scored a lovely goal.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores their first goal

MOMENT OF THE MATCH:

That man Mkhitaryan's goal in the 58th minute. Picking up the ball just inside the Zorya half, he darted towards the box, easily cutting into the box and coolly slotting home.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

Manchester United progressed to the Europa League knockout stages after ending a seven-match winless run on the road in Europe. That will only boost confidence heading into the last-32.

RATINGS

ZORYA LUHANSK

Igor Levchenko 7

Yevhen Opanasenko 6

Mikhail Sivakov 6

Rafael Forster 6

Artem Sukhotskiy 6

Olexandr Karavaev 7

Ihor Chaykovskiy 6

Ihor Kharatin 6

Ivan Petriak 5

Zeljko Ljubenovic 6

Denys Bezborodko 6

Substitutes:

Emmanuel Bonaventure 7 (for Bezborodko, 54)

Dmytro Grechyshkin 6 (for Kharatin, 57)

Jaba Lipartia 6 (Ljubenovic, 72)

MANCHESTER UNITED

Sergio Romero 7

Ashley Young 7

Eric Bailly 7

Marcos Rojo 7

Daley Blind 7

Ander Herrera 7

Paul Pogba 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 8

Wayne Rooney 6

Juan Mata 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7

Subs

Jesse Lingard 6 (for Mata, 65)

Marouane Fellaini 6 (for Rooney, 70)

Tim Fosu-Mensah (for Mkhitaryan, 85) 7

NEXT UP

Manchester United v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday 11 December)

Stal Kamianske v Zorya (Ukrainian Premier League, Sunday 11 December)

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