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Manchester United play hosts to Shakhtar Donetsk in the final league game of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Where to Watch Live
- Kick-Off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Livecoverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV HD.
The English Champions have been in dismal form this season in the league, losing five games thus far within 15 games and are 13 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal in the table. Their last two games ended in 1-0 losses to Everton and Newcastle at home in the league, something which has initiated a backlash from the fans leaving David Moyes under massive pressure ahead of a crunch tie.
However, their European form has been brilliant thus far, winning their last game 5-0 against the second placed team in the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen. The Red Devils have already qualified for the knockouts and are favourites to move into the next round as group winners. Moyes will be desperate for his team to fire after two consecutive home defeats and get back into winning ways, failing which will raise a major backlash from fans and the management. It has been tough for the former Everton manager to come in for the retired Sir Alex Ferguson whose last stint on the footballing field was to lift the 2012/13 Premier League trophy.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar come into the game on the back of four consecutive wins in all competitions. Mircea Lucescu's side will be brimming with confidence and a win here will more or less seal their qualification into the knockout stages. They do not have any injury worries and will field a full-strength side for the game.
What the Managers Say
David Moyes: "It's important we give ourselves every chance of progressing even further in the Champions League by finishing top," the Scot told the press. "It won't make it easier but it will give us a little bit of an advantage by having the second game [in the last 16] at home. We will do everything we can to be top and, as well as that, we're unbeaten in the group and want to stay unbeaten if we can make that happen."
Mircea Lucescu: "I watched both defeats, against Everton and Newcastle. When they were playing Everton it was David Moyes' former team so they were playing with special enthusiasm and motivation, but when they played Newcastle it was like they had lost their spark a bit."
- Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): L L D W D
- Last Result: Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle
- Last Five(Champions League, most recent first): W D L D W
- Last Result: Shakhtar Donetsk 4 - 0 Real Sociedad