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02/10/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Hello Hello Hello. Welcome to the live blog of United's trip to Donetsk. Team news will follow shortly.

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  2. United's team is as follows - De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley, Welbeck, van Persie

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  3. The subs are Lindegaard, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Young, Kagawa and Hernandez.

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  4. Very much a feeling of 'the morning after the night before' tonight. United's home game with West Bromwich Albion didn't exactly go to plan on Saturday. David Moyes will be looking for a response from his team.

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  5. It would seem that Wayne Rooney is suffering from an illness and that is why he doesn't start tonight.

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  6. Assuming that Carrick, Fellaini and Cleverley will operate as a central midfield three with Valencia and Welbeck on the wings. Little bit negative but a draw wouldn't be a terrible result tonight.

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  7. A win in our first group game against Bayer Leverkusen has almost been forgotten about after a couple of disastrous league results.

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  8. I've always felt that if you can win your home games in a CL group and try and nick a win and a draw away from home then you are surely set to finish top.

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  9. Shakhtar are not the team that they were last season when they helped to knock Chelsea out of the group stages. They have lost arguably their three best players in Mkhitaryan, Willian and Fernandinho to Dortmund, Chelsea and City respectively.

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  10. Ah, Moyes has just said on Sky Sports that Rooney took a knock to the shin in training yesterday and had no intention of starting him anyway.

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  11. The teams are out, the usual Champions League music is blaring, Gazprom is everywhere. It's nearly kick off.

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  12. And we're off.

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  13. United are in all-white. It looks great, if you ask me (you didn't).

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  14. Not much to talk about early on. Shakhtar passing the ball around without any great pressure from United's players.

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  15. United have a corner now after a break from Valencia. van Persie to take it.

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  16. van Persie's corner is a poor one and Shakhtar clear it comfortably.

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  17. Rafael has a jaunt forward and it appears he is pulled back on the edge of the box but nothing given.

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  18. van Persie has a great chance but his attempt on goal sails over the bar.

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  19. Shakhtar have a little spell on the ball just outside of United's area and the crowd get right behind them but nothing comes of it.

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  20. United break but then lose the ball from a Valencia throw and Shakhtar go up the other end with menace and nearly get into the box but a combination of Evra and De Gea sees the ball cleared.

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  21. Shakhtar pressing again here. They have a corner.

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  22. Well, well, well. Teixeira goes down under a late challenge from Tom Cleverley in the box. He was nowhere near the ball but no penalty given. It wasn't much of a nick from Cleverley but it was enough to bring Teixeira down. A let off for United.

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  23. United break this time with Welbeck and Fellaini attempting some interplay on the edge of the box but Shakhtar manage to deal with the danger.

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  24. GOAL! Welbeck 1-0.

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  25. Ball across from Fellaini, Welbeck beats the keeper from six yards out. Never in doubt.

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  26. Why any United fans would dislike Welbeck is beyond me.

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  27. United have looked good going forward tonight. Always look like causing Pyatov and his backline problems.

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  28. Not much happening since the goal. Shakhtar now have a free kick in a dangerous position to the right of the United area.

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  29. Free kick is poor and so are the two corners Shakhtar deliver after. United not really having any real trouble here.

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  30. Lots of pressing again from Shakhtar but nothing to really test the back four or David De Gea.

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  31. Fellaini has been quite poor on the ball in general tonight. He has looked menacing going forward but I've lost track of the amount of times he has misplaced a pass and then given away a foul.

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  32. Shakhtar have a free kick on the left side but it doesn't come to anything yet again.

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  33. It's been quite quiet since Welbeck's goal. But United now have a corner after some excellent skill from van Persie down the right.

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  34. The corner is headed goalwards by Smalling but isn't on target and the ball is eventually cleared and Shakhtar break and get into the box but the ball is calmly cleared by Carrick.

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  35. Pretty even possession-wise. United have had 48% of the ball.

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  36. An awful lot of huffing and puffing from Shakhtar but United's backline still hasn't been tested enough yet. It's been pretty comfortable so far.

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  37. HALF TIME. Shakhtar 0-1 United.

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  38. Both teams appear to be getting most of their joy down their respective right hand sides. Normally it's coming from their attacking right-backs Srna and Rafael.

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  39. United always look a different prospect going forward away from home when Rafael starts. It's good to see him back recently.

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  40. All in all, 1-0 is a very satisfactory half-time scoreline. I'm off for my half-time wee break and will be back just before the second half. See you in ten!

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  41. We are back. Second half is underway.

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  42. Shakhtar had most of the ball in the first half. Expect much of the same in this second half.

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  43. Shakhtar have held onto the ball well so far. Whenever United have had the ball, it has had a tendency to go right back to the Shakhtar players.

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  44. Shakhtar doing most of the attacking here. They have a free kick about 35 yards out that Rakytskyi fires wide. An ambitious effort to say the least.

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  45. A cross is fizzed in from Shakhtar's left and it poses danger for United but De Gea does wonderfully well to hold on to it under pressure from oncoming Shakhtar attackers.

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  46. Alan McInally singing De Gea's praises there. Rightly so. It's about time pundits recognise him as one of the better keepers in Europe.

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  47. Shakhtar looking dangerous down the left hand side again. A ball into the box is dealt with excellently by Nemanja Vidic. He has been a rock tonight.

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  48. Been a bit quiet in the last few minutes. Looks like Ryan Giggs might be coming on very soon.

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  49. Fellaini has been booked for a challenge that didn't even look like he was the culprit in. He has looked extremely lax tonight. He may be the player making way for Giggs.

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  50. Vidic is booked. Very cynical foul. Worth a booking to stop the attack.

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  51. Darijo Srna's free kick is blocked by the wall. United still not looking like they are willing to back down here.

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  52. Substitution for United. Fellaini is replaced by Ryan Giggs.

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  53. Giggs' 145th appearance in the European Cup. He has now overtaken Raul as the top appearance maker in the history of the competition.

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  54. United's midfield is usually the part of the team that gets picked apart but they've been solid and Shakhtar haven't really posed any threat through the middle. Most attacking coming from their full backs.

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  55. Awful decision from the referee who decides to give a foul against Patrice Evra for...being on the receiving end of a foul. Strange one from the referee, who has been quite poor tonight when called upon.

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  56. Great break from Rafael down the right and he squares the ball to van Persie in the area whose shot is blocked. Unlucky.

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  57. GOAL! 1-1.

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  58. It's an equaliser for Shakhtar and it comes from Taison. They break down the left again and a ball into the box isn't dealt with by Vidic and Taison smashes the ball into the top of the net.

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  59. Shakhtar break again with Douglas Costa producing some skill but his square ball is cut out by a United defender. The game has completely turned.

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  60. United looked comfortable really despite Shakhtar's surges forward. It's all go now.

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  61. Despite Fellaini's ability to hold onto the ball being non-existent, he did give us a solid look in the middle. A bit all over the place now.

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  62. United not looking interested in attacking at all now. Shakhtar can smell blood.

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  63. Not convinced I want United to show too much attacking impetus here. Shakhtar really looking like they could get the victory here.

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  64. Great stop from De Gea. A ball is fizzed in and deflected off Smalling goalwards. De Gea needed to get to that one.

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  65. Two subsequent corners are eventually dealt with after some nervy moments.

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  66. United attempt to break out but Rafael's options are limited and his cross goes straight into Pyatov's arms.

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  67. United break with van Persie and have a corner as the clock ticks towards 90 minutes.

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  68. Corner is punched away by Pyatov but Shakhtar's break is halted by Cleverley.

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  69. Phil Jones is on for Danny Welbeck. Hmm..

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  70. The two minutes of added time are almost up.

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  71. FULL TIME. Shakhtar 1-1 United.

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  72. Very good draw, very solid performance but not anything to particularly shout about.

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  73. I would've certainly taken a point at the beginning but the equaliser in the final 15 minutes is a bitter pill to take.

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  74. Also, an extreme lack of attacking quality from us tonight. But as I said, a good result nonetheless.

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  75. A win in each of our next two games against Real Sociedad home and away will see us through to the First Knockout Round.

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  76. So, we sit top of our group due to having scored more goals than Shakhtar. And with that, I bid you farewell. Ta ta!

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