Manchester United beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening to finish top of Champions League Group A.
The Premier League champions struggled to match their opponents for large parts of the game, but it was the hosts who got the breakthrough on sixty-seven minutes, when Phil Jones volleyed in from a corner.
Manchester United face a defensive headache ahead of this evening’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling are all doubtful for the match at Old Trafford after missing training on Monday, along with midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Manchester United suffered their second 1-0 home defeat in the space of four days, this time at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Yohan Cabaye’s strike just after the hour mark was enough to secure victory for Alan Pardew’s men, who move four points ahead of United, who remain in ninth place with twenty-two points after nine games.
Manchester United will be without Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic for this evening’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Both missed Sunday’s draw with Cardiff City, and neither flew with the squad to Germany despite Vidic taking part in training ahead of the trip.
Manchester United remained top of their Champions League group despite being held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad yesterday evening.
Substitute Robin van Persie missed a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the area, though the England international has once again faced criticism for allegedly diving while Marouane Fellaini was dismissed a minute from time after picking up a second yellow card.
Central defensive duo Rio Ferdinad and Nemanja Vidic are both doubtful for this evening’s visit of Real Sociedad.
Both missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend with minor knocks, with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans deputising.
Tom Cleverley may also miss out as he struggles to recover from a calf injury, while Danny Welbeck missed the final training session ahead of the game.
However, the club have been boosted by the availability of midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who has been added to the Champions League squad as a home grown player having missed the win over Bayer Leverkusen and draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Three points here would see David Moyes’ men strengthen their position at the top of Group A ahead of the return match in Sociedad in a fortnight’s time.
Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher has returned to training, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Scotland international has played just thirteen times since being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition in December 2011, with his last game coming in the 4-3 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day last year.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also hinted that he may be nearing an international recall, after revealing that he had a positive phone conversation with the 29 year old.
David Moyes has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow’s trip to bottom of the table Sunderland.
The Champions only real injury concern is over centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who picked up a groin injury in last weekend’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
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A strike from Brazilian striker Taison fourteen minutes from time denied Manchester United all three points in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena yesterday evening.
Danny Welbeck gave David Moyes’ men the lead on eighteen minutes, poking in from Marouane Fellaini’s low ball.
Robin Van Persie is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up for this evening’s Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena.
David Moyes men can tighten their grip on top spot in the group with three points, having won their opener against Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago.
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David Moyes will be handed an £80m transfer war chest in January in order to get Manchester United’s season back on track, the Express understands.
The club were linked with a number of players during the summer, but their only major signing was the deadline day capture of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.