Sep 29, 2016

    Ukrainian underdogs visit United


    MANCHESTER United host unheralded Ukrainians Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford tonight, with Jose Mourinho's side aiming to get their Europa League campaign off the ground after a bumpy start.

    Mourinho's reluctant contenders in Europe's second-tier club competition kicked off with a 1-0 defeat at Feyenoord in Rotterdam two weeks ago.

    That Dutch disaster, which left United bottom of Group A, was the second of three consecutive reverses in between Premier League losses to Manchester City and then Watford.

    But United welcome the side who sit second in the Ukrainian Premier League with a renewed spring in their step after their weekend rout of English champions Leicester City.

    Captain Wayne Rooney missed the trip to Feyenoord and Mourinho also left him on the bench for Saturday's emphatic 4-1 victory.

    If he returns and scores, Rooney will join Ruud van Nistelrooy as United's all-time top scorer in Europe with 37 goals.

    Zorya travel to Manchester after an opening 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce. Midfielder Zeljko Ljubenovic spelt out the task facing him and his teammates.

    "I watched their last match against Leicester. Hopefully we will manage to play better than Leicester did," the Belgrade-born 35-year-old told his club's website.