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Dynamo have it all to do

After starting with two defeats, FC Dynamo Kyiv could not have asked for tougher opponents on Matchday 3 as they look to revive their Group F hopes.

Dynamo will need the likes of Marjan Marković to be in top form
Dynamo will need the likes of Marjan Marković to be in top form ©Getty Images

• The Ukrainian champions have not advanced beyond the first group stage since the 1999/2000 season and, after two straight defeats, they will need to take something from United's visit if they are to maintain realistic hopes of progressing. They will not expect to have it easy, though, against Sir Alex Ferguson's team who top the section with a maximum six points.

• Dynamo suffered a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Sporting Clube de Portugal on 2 October, first-half strikes from Tonel and Anderson Polga sandwiching Vladyslav Vaschuk's effort for the home side. That match was the first UEFA Champions League game back at the Dynamo helm for coach József Szabó, who replaced Anatoliy Demyanenko following the 2-0 loss at AS Roma on Matchday 1.

• United have made a perfect start, by contrast, recording successive victories at Sporting and at home against Roma. Cristiano Ronaldo's 62nd-minute header settled the Matchday 1 fixture in Lisbon, while Wayne Rooney netted the winner against Roma with 20 minutes remaining.

• With another victory in Kiev, United would take a big step towards reaching the last 16 given they already hold a three-point lead over Roma and Sporting.

• Dynamo picked up just one point at home in the group stage last season and have to go back to Szabó's last spell in charge and the 2-0 defeat of Roma in November 2004 for their last UEFA Champions League victory in front of their own fans.

• Although United prevailed over Sporting, the English champions' away form in the UEFA Champions League has been mixed with two victories and four defeats recorded on their travels last season.

• Dynamo have a reasonable record at home to English clubs in European competition, their seven previous matches yielding three wins, three draws and only one defeat, 2-1 against Liverpool FC on 16 October 2001.

• The only previous meetings between Dynamo and United date back to the first group stage of the 2000/01 season. After a 0-0 draw in Ukraine, United won the return 1-0 through an 18th-minute goal from Teddy Sheringham to secure second place in the section, with Dynamo finishing fourth.

• Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Mikaël Silvestre are the only current United players who featured in the sides' first encounter in Kiev on 19 September 2000. Of the Dynamo team, Valentin Belkevich, Vladyslav Vaschuk, Maksim Shatskikh and Olexandr Shovkovskiy all remain at the club.

• The full lineups that day were:
Dynamo: Olexandr Shovkovskiy, Aleksandr Khatskevich, Olexandr Golovko, Vladyslav Vaschuk, Yuriy Dmytrulin, Kakha Kaladze, Valentin Belkevich, Maksim Shatskikh, Georgi Demetradze, Andriy Husin, Andriy Nesmachniy.
United: Raimond van der Gouw, Mikaël Silvestre, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole.

• Dynamo's Serhiy Rebrov had a spell in English football with Tottenham Hotspur FC. He appeared twice in Premier League matches against United, both in the 2001/02 season, and tasted defeat on both occasions: 5-3 at home and 4-0 at Old Trafford.