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Preview: A cold night in the Ukraine stands in Manchester United’s way!

Stadion Chornomorets, Odessa, Ukraine

UEFA Europa League 2016/17

Thursday 8th December 2016 – KO 18:00 [Live on BT Sport]

Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)

Assistant Referees: Zsolt Varga (HUN) and Balázs Buzás (HUN)

Additional Assistant Referees: Peter Solymosi (HUN) and Ádám Farkas (HUN)

Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)

Manchester United have travelled to Odessa in the Ukraine in order to face Zorya Luhansk in their last group stage match in the UEFA Europa League this season. United need a point to earn a place in the knockout stages of the competition this season, and a cold night in Easter Europe stands in their way. United are in another period of mixed form this season, winning recently in cup competitions; a 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in the Europa League and a 4-1 victory over West Ham United in the EFL Cup. Their Premier League form is questionable, earning their sixth draw of the season last weekend away to Everton, their third draw in a row in the league, which is making the side suffer in the league with a massive gap from sixth, where they currently stand, to the top spot. Even fourth place, the minimum requirement in the league this season, is a push at this moment in time. Saying that, there are 24 matches still to play in the league this season, with a bust December coming up, then a break on European football, with United fighting on three fronts domestically in the league, the EFL Cup and in their bid to retain the FA Cup this season.

Jose Mourinho on the UEFA Europa League:

“We are going in the same direction. We assumed from the beginning that this is an important competition for us. It is difficult because we play Thursday and then Sunday. We are never given a Monday match to have one more day to rest and prepare. It is difficult to play together. But we want to try to win it and while we are in the competition will try to win it. We want to go as far as possible, step by step. The first step is to qualify from a very difficult group.”

Mourinho on Manchester United away form in the UEFA Europa League this season:

“We lost to Feyenoord, a game that we should win. The team played well, the team had the game always under control and when the team was pushing to win, we lost. Against Fenerbahce, another difficult place to go, we conceded a goal in the first minute which gave the home team the best conditions to win. If you want to qualify we cannot lose three matches away. We need points tomorrow.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on not writing Manchester United off in the Premier League:

“We didn’t give up yet on the Premier League. So we’re not saying we’re out of the competition. We are still in the competition, there are a lot of games to go, so we are trying to do our best to be in the top four. And of course, in the Europa League we are also going to try to go as far as we can.”

Manchester United Form:- DWDWD

Everton 1-1 D, West Ham United 4-1 W, West Ham United 1-1 D, Feyenoord 4-0 W, Arsenal 1-1 D

Zorya Luhansk Form:- LDLWL

Southampton 1-0 L, Swansea City 1-1 D, Chelsea 5-0 L, West Ham United 2-0 W, Burnley 2-1 L

Manchester United Top Scorers:

12 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 5 – Juan Mata, 4 – Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, 3 – Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, 1 – Michael Carrick, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling

Zorya Luhansk Top Scorers:

5 – Oleksandr Karavayev, 4 – Rafael Forster, Željko Ljubenović, Ivan Petriak, 2 – Artem Gordiyenko, Vladyslav Kulach, Ivan Petryak, 1 – Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, Denys Bezborodko, Ihor Chaykovskyi, Dmytro Grechyshkin, Yevhen Opanasenko, Paulinho, Artem Sukhotskiy, Yevhen Tkachuk

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: Chris Smalling (foot), Luke Shaw (knock)

Zorya Luhansk Squad:

Manager: Yuriy Vernydub

Goalkeepers: Oleksiy Shevchenko, Oleh Chuvayev, Ihor Levchenko

Defenders: Artem Sukhotskyi, Mikhail Sivakov, Ihor Chaykovskyi, Mykyta Kamenyuka, Rafael Forster, Hryhoriy Yarmash, Yevhen Tkachuk, Yevhen Opanasenko, Vyacheslav Checher, Eduard Sobol

Midfielders: Artem Gordiyenko, Ivan Petryak, Ihor Kharatin, Oleksandr Karavayev, Željko Ljubenović, Dmytro Grechyshkin

Forwards: Vladyslav Kulach, Paulinho, Yaroslav Kvasov, Denys Bezborodko, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis

Injuries and Suspensions: N/A

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Zorya Luhansk 0-3 Manchester United

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