Shakhtar Donetsk visit Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, for the final match in the UEFA Champions League group stage. United have already qualified, but need at least a draw or a victory to top the group, while Donetsk must equal Bayer Leverkusen’s result to ensure their passage into the last 16. Both teams will be looking to finish the group stage on a high, with their previous victories being emphatic. United thumped Leverkusen 5-0 at the Bay Arena, while Donetsk thrashed Real Sociedad 4-0 at home.
The teams will be entering this fixture in contrasting domestic league form, which may possibly have an impact. United are struggling for consistency and fluidity and are currently languishing in 9th place in the table, whereas Donetsk are in a buoyant mood and are leading the charts in the Ukraine Premier League, with a 5-point cushion over their immediate title rivals. United are still unbeaten in the group stage and they will look to keep the record that way, or they risk facing another European giant if they fail to finish top.