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Kick off: 6pm [GMT]

  • Match to go ahead despite pitch being frozen less than 24 hours ago after inspection early on Thursday morning.
  • Daley Blind described the playing surface as "like a rock."
  • Referee Tamas Bognar to make final decision on whether the surface can be played upon prior to kick-off.
  • United just need to avoid defeat in Odessa tonight to reach last 32 stage.
  • Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick among those left back in Manchester.
Paul Pogba
United braced for a chilly evening in Odessa. Reuters

Full-time: Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Manchester United

United qualify for the last 32 stage as group runners up.

Now Fosu-Mensah tries to get in on the act, coming in from the right and playing a neat one-two with Ibrahimovic before shooting for the near corner, but it's blocked by the goalkeeper.

Zlatan seals it! Pogba receives a ball just inside his own half and spins to play a superb through pass on a plate for Ibrahimovic, who has kept onside. From there on, it's simple for him, breaking into the box before slotting coolly into the corner.

Goal! Zorya 0-2 Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 87)

Ibrahimovic almost seals it, taking the ball down onhis chest before lashing a vicious half volley towards goal, but it sails just over the cross bar. That is his first real effort of the season.

United are under pressure for the first time and are almost made to pay as Sivakov gets a free header on goal, but Romero reacts brilliantly to push it away

Notorious fan favourite Marouane Fellaini comes onto replace Rooney. There was a moment of panic a moment ago after Emmanuel Bonaventure clashed with Bailly in the air, leaving the United centre-half in a heap. After getting some treatment, he seems okay to continue, however.

And here is United's first change of the evening, Jesse Lingard comes onto replace Mata.

Ibrahimovic breaks into space in the box and tests Levchenko, but the goalkeeper does well to deal with his stinging effort.

Here's the first change of the game and it is made by Zorya, with Bezborodko off, and Bonaventure coming on.

Brilliant from Mkhitaryan! The Armenian has his first goal for the club. Rojo does well to press high up the pitch and the former Dortmund picks up possession, racing from the centre circle past three challenges before nudging it through the Sivakov's legs. With the goal opening up in front of him, he coolly slots past the goalkeeper, capping a superb solo effort.

Zorya 0-1 Manchester United (Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 46)

And we are back underway for the second half. Some goals, please.

Half-time: Zorya Luhansk 0-0 Manchester United

Blind's ball in is terrific and falls to Rojo, who lashes a half volley just over the bar. That will be that for the first half.

That was better from Rooney. Pogba lays the ball off the for the skipper who cuts inside with it and lets fly from almost 30 yards out, but a deflection carries it out for a corner.

United's passing has been very sloppy in the last few minutes, with the pretty horrendous playing surface contributing to that. As they get the ball back, Rooney has a pop at goal from the edge of the box but it trickles through for an easy save.

A corner comes into the box and causes a bit of trouble for the Zorya defence. It falls to Bailly who pulls off a decent overhead kick, but it's comfortably saved in the end.

United lose possession and Chaykovsky races forward, skipping past a couple of challenges before his shot on goal breaks wide to Karavayev. He has a go on goal himself but his effort isn't beating Romero.

Pogba's having an bit of an off evening so far. A minute ago he let fly with another effort from range that sailed well wide and now his attempted cross field ball has flown straight out of play.

There is a break in play after a firework is thrown from the stands into the United box, just a few meters away from Romero. The Argentine is unhurt but clearly isn't happy.

Fenerbache have taken the lead at Feyenoord. That means as it stands, United could even afford to lose this game and would still progress.

Herrera now whips in a decent cross for Pogba but he can't keep his header down.

Mkhitaryan hooks a ball out wide to Young to stretch the Zorya backline before moving it inside to Pogba. The Frenchman takes aim from 25 yards out and lashes a decent effort just wide of the post.

United will have to be patient tonight, Zorya are firmly camped back in their own half and look to have no intention of moving forward too quickly.

United had been comfortable up to that flashpoint but are still to trouble the opposition's goalkeeper.

Early scare for United as Ihor Kharatin skips in with a nice step over and drills for the far corner, drawing a decent stop out of Romero. Kharatin is first to the rebound too but lashes his follow up effort into the side netting.

Mata curls a cute ball into the box for Ibrahimovic and almost picks the Swede out, but Levchenko can scamper out and collect.

Zorya shanks a simple back pass straight out of play. That won't be the last time someone misjudges a bounce this evening.

And we are off and underway. Already, the pitch looks rubbish.

Mourinho takes a moment before kick-off to sign the boots of all the mascots waiting in the tunnel. Nice touch, that.

We are just over five minutes away from kick-off, here's another look at the United XI.

Manchester United team to face Zorya: Romero, Young, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Ibrahimovic

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini

Doesn't look like there will be any last minute cancellations tonight.

United currently sit second in Group A, two points ahead of Feyenoord, who sit in third place. That means a draw will be enough for them to progress tonight as group runners up, even if Feyenoord beat Fenerbahce thanks to United's superior head-to-head record over the Dutch side.

Feyenoord vs Fenerbahce meanwhile meet in Rotterdam at the same time.

Anthony Martial is back on the United bench this evening, along with Marcus Rashford.

Jose Mourinho

Is that a thumbs up from Jose we see? He wasn't at all happy with the playing surface last night but tonight's game looks set to go ahead.

Zorya vs United is one of 12 Europa League fixtures kicking off in just over an hour. There were even a few 4pm kick offs today: Fiorentina are currently being held away to Qarabag with PAOK leading Slovan Liberec by a single goal. It's goalless in the Group H clash between Konyaspor and Gent while Shakhtar Donetsk, the group's confirmed group winners, lead Braga 2-1.

As expected, Ashley Young comes in at right-back with both Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian left back in Manchester.

Eric Bailly starts his first game since October at centre-half with Phil Jones dropping to the bench. Juan Mata returns to the starting line up having been benched for the draw with Everton, with Wayne Rooney also back in having served his suspension. Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts his third game in a row.

Manchester United team to face Zorya: Romero, Young, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Ibrahimovic

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini

BREAKING: Eric Bailly and Wayne Rooney both start for Manchester United, Ashley Young comes in at right-back.

Team news: Manchester United

With Valencia and Darmain both back in the comparatively warm surroundings of Manchester, there is a big question as to who will start at right-back tonight. Early reports suggests Ashley Young will be deployed in that role, although Timothy Fosu-Mensah will also be hoping to feature having been named in the travelling squad.

Team news: Manchester United

Wayne Rooney is available again having served his one-match suspension in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday. Eric Bailly was an unused substitute in that match having made a quicker than expected return from his knee ligament injury and could be in contention to feature for the first time since the end of October.

Eric Bailly

Team news: Manchester United

Antonio Valencia, Mateo Darmian and Michael Carrick were all left back in Manchester for tonight's fixture with a vital Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur looming on Sunday. Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin were also absent from the travelling squad, something that doesn't bode well for their futures at the club. Bastian Schweinsteiger meanwhile is ineligible for European competition this season.

Michael Carrick

Temperatures in Odessa, host to Manchester United's final Europa League group clash against Zorya Luhansk, dropped to minus nine last night. Even by Manchester's standards, that's a bit on the chilly side. On Wednesday evening, there were real doubts over whether tonight's match would actually go ahead with Jose Mourinho far from impressed with the playing surface.

"The pitch is very hard, the pitch is very icy," he said after training on Wednesday. "They are putting warmth on the top of it, but the pitch is very difficult and people cannot make miracles. Let's hope everything goes well."

After a pitch inspection at 8am this morning, the outlook was a little more positive and, as it stands, the match will go ahead as planned.

United will want this group stage over and done with as soon as possible. All they need tonight is a point to seal their qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition. Even a defeat, not an impossibility given United's awful record on the road in Europe, could see them sneak through if Feyenoord fail to beat Fernerbahce in Group A's other match.

Getting a point and getting everyone back on the plane without the aid of a pair of crutches will by Mourinho's priority tonight.