Preview: Zorya v Manchester United

Manchester United will be targeting a spot in the Europa League last-32 when they take on Zorya in Ukraine on Thursday night.

UEFA Europa League
8/9 December 2016
Kick-off: 02H00 HKT
Venue: Stadion Chornomorets

Referee: T. Bognar
Assistants: B. Buzas, Z. Varga
Fourth official: T. Georgiou

Head-to-head summary:

Zorya 1 0 0 1
Manchester United 1 1 0 0

Previous encounter:

Manchester United 1-0 Zorya 29/09/2016 (Europa League)

Manchester United goalscorers: Z. Ibrahimovic (69′)

Players to watch:

Oleksandr Karavaev and Rafael Forster have scored five goals each in all competitions this season, while Zelji Ljubenovic has added four goals of his own and three assists.

Wayne Rooney has been in fine form for United in Europe this term, scoring two goals and assisting in a further three in his four appearances, while Paul Pogba has contributed with two goals in five games.

Team form and manager quotes:

Zorya have endured a testing time ahead of the clash as they have not won in their last six games in all competitions, losing three.

The Ukraine Premier Liga side are yet to win a Europa League tie this season and are bottom of the Group A standings with two points.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, winning three and drawing three. Their most recent outing was a 1-1 draw at Everton in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s charges need only a point from the game to secure their passage into the last 32 of the competition. They have, however, lost eight of their last nine away games in Europe.

After the recent draw at Everton, Mourinho spoke about his side’s quality performances, saying: “When you play bad you can try to play well. When you play well there is nothing more you can do. You try to keep playing well.

“This is what we are doing for a long time, playing well better than opponents. Getting draws but deserving victories opponents leaving the stadium super happy with draws they don’t deserve. We cannot do nothing. We go back to work.”

The Chornomorets Stadium, where #MUFC will face Zorya Luhansk on Thursday.

A photo posted by Manchester United (@manchesterunited) on Dec 7, 2016 at 7:55am PST

Team news:

The hosts will be without right-back Mykyta Kamenyuka, who picked up an injury on November 24.

United have left five fit players behind for the trip to Ukraine. Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, and Matteo Darmian all stay in Manchester, while Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling are still out injured.