Manchester U 1 Shakhtar 0
Manchester United 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, December 10, 2013. A second half goal from Phil Jones saw Manchester United beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford. The result meant that United progressed through as group winners, while Mircea Lucescu´s side had to settle for the UEFA Europa League.
In the reverse UEFA Champions League Group Stage encounter three months earlier, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United had shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Donbass Areana in Donetsk. United, who had already booked their place in the last sixteen, found themselves without the physical presence of defenders Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling, and Nemanja Vidic, and midfielders Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who were all sidelined with different injuries, whereas The Miners had no injury worries for the Champions League game in Manchester. Shakhtar Donetsk almost went into an early lead in the twelfth minute of the tussle, but former Vasco da Gama midfielder Alex Teixeira somehow managed to drag his shot wide. And one minute into the second period, Shakhtar Donetsk came close again when Ukraine international Yaroslav Rakitskiy powered a shot against the outside of the post, but it was Manchester United who recorded the only and winning goal of the game when a corner-kick from Dutch striker Robin van Persie ended with Three Lions defender Phil Jones hammering the ball home, making it 1-0 to the hosts seven minutes past the hour mark. The midweek match then went to and fro, but in the end the aggressive home players came out on top, winning the tie and Champions League Group A. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa. Substitutes: Tom Cleverley, Valencia, Javier Hernandez, Anderson, Nani, Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard. Shakhtar Donetsk Team: Andrey Pyatov, Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakytskyy, Vyacheslas Shevchuk, Darijo Srna, Taras Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Fred, Alex Teixeira, Luiz Adriano, Taison. Substitutes: Tomas Hubschmann, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Bernard, Fernando, Eduardo, Facundo Ferreyra, Anton Kanibolotskiy.