Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Zorya Luhansk

  • Hosts kickstart their Europa League campaign with a drab victory in front of a reduced crowd at Old Trafford
  • United were hugely underwhelming in the first half, but broke the deadlock 20 minutes from time when substitute Wayne Rooney's miscued volley allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Oleksiy Shevchenko with a close-range header
  • Marcus Rashford rattled the crossbar with a ferocious half-volley before the break
  • Jose Mourinho's side lie third in Group A after Fenerbahce edged past Feyenoord in Istanbul
  • Southampton were held to goalless draw by Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Group K
  • Dundalk achieved the first ever Irish victory in the group stage of a major European club competition after birthday boy Ciaran Kilduff's goal secured 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Oriel Park
  • Who are Zorya Luhansk?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zorya, who were by no means disgraced on the big stage tonight, go bottom of the group before the visit of Feyenoord. They must now switch their focus back to domestic matters ahead of a big top-of-the-table clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday.


So United kickstart their Europa League campaign with a rather unconvincing victory at Old Trafford. Rooney's second-half introduction actually did have the desired effect in the end, although there was more than a touch of fortune about that 'assist' for Ibrahimovic that was actually just a miscued volley.

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Fenerbahce beat Feyenoord 1-0 tonight thanks to Emmanuel Emenike's first-half goal, meaning that Mourinho's side lie third in Group A. They travel to Istanbul on 3 November, but first up on the horizon before next week's international break is a Premier League clash against struggling Stoke City.



Manchester United 1-0 Zorya Luhansk


Rojo gives away a free-kick deep into added time. A long ball into the box is cleared away by Fellaini and Petryak hacks wildly over from the rebound.


Three minutes of stoppage time have been signalled by the fourth official.

Pogba drags a hopeful right-footed shot well wide.


An uncharacteristically clumsy foul from Forster leads to a curled Ibrahimovic free-kick that Shevchenko gets down low to save.

Kamenyuka is booked four a foul on Rashford.


Zorya go in search of a late equaliser as Paulinho crosses from the left. Karavaev gets ahead of Rojo but is unable to generate any real power on his header to trouble Romero.


United win another corner and an attempted volley bounces off Fellaini's shin and over.


Excellent defending from Sivakov to block Ibrahimovic's goal-bound flick almost off the line. It wouldn't have counted anyway as Martial failed to stop the ball going out of play before providing his cross.


Fellaini concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position, but substitute Lipartia can only send his effort well over.

Artem Gordiyenko comes on for Chaykovskyi.


Zorya are unable to make a brief period of pressure count. Vernydub responds by introducing Georgian midfielderJaba Lipartia in place of 35-year-old Ljubenovic.


Mourinho makes a double change, sending on Ashley Young and Martial in place of Fosu-Mensah and Mata.


There has also been a goal at Oriel Park, where Dundalk lead Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Ciaran Kilduff. The Irish striker celebrates his 28th birthday today.



United finally break the deadlock with just over 20 minutes remaining. Fosu-Mensah's cross from the right is volleyed into the ground by Rooney and Ibrahimovic, without a goal in his last four matches, gets up above Zorya captain Kamenyuka to nod home from close range.

A rather fortuitous assist from the substitute there.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Goal: Manchester United 1-0 Zorya Luhansk (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)


After 66 minutes, we finally have a shot on target. After United fail to adequately clear a Zorya free-kick, Paulinho bends an effort around Fellaini and Romero dives to push it away from goal.

Rooney now enters the fray in place of Lingard.


Bailly, who produced a very high foot on Ljubenovic in the first half, repeats the trick on Paulinho and is duly shown a yellow card.

Rooney is preparing to come on for United.


After a couple of disappointing crosses, Fellaini wins the ball back for United with an impressive show of strength in midfield. Pogba then looks to thread a low diagonal pass through to Rashford, but Sobol does brilliantly to intercept on the slide.

Fine defending from perhaps Zorya's most exciting Shakhtar loanee.


Zorya make the first substitution of the evening with close to 60 minutes on the clock. Brazilian forward Paulinho replaces Kulach in a straight swap up front.


Sivakov gets a flee in his ear for a foul on Ibrahimovic. Fosu-Mensah then shows good determination to make headway down that right-hand flank, but Lingard's cross from the byline is too close to Shevchenko.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Fellaini, who avoids a yellow card for appearing to bring down the faster Petryak, sees a hopeful shot easily charged down by Sobol.

Zorya clear Mata's subsequent corner and burst forward with pace. A promising move breaks down when Ljubenovic asks too much of Karavaev.


Rooney emerges from the bench for his first warm-up. You imagine we will see his introduction sooner rather than later.


Desperately poor play from Rojo and again Zorya look to punish United's sloppiness. Ljubenovic just fails to make contact with a dangerous cross from Karavaev.