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Shakhtar aim to follow United into last 16

FC Shakhtar Donetsk visit Old Trafford looking for a positive result that will ensure they join hosts Manchester United FC in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Shakhtar aim to follow United into last 16
Shakhtar aim to follow United into last 16 ©UEFA.com

Manchester United FC will look to tie up first place in Group A when they welcome an FC Shakhtar Donetsk side needing a victory to guarantee they will join their opponents in the last 16.

• United's 5-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday five secured their qualification for the knockout stage but Shakhtar would overtake them at the top of Group A if they were to earn a first ever victory in England. Shakhtar, 4-0 winners over Real Sociedad de Fútbol last time out, are currently second in the standings and to secure their progress need to match Leverkusen's result at La Real.

Match background
• Having beaten both Leverkusen and La Real at Old Trafford, United are seeking a hat-trick of home wins in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2007/08.

• United's only previous encounters with Ukrainian opposition came against FC Dynamo Kyiv, most recently in the 2007/08 group stage when they won 4-2 in Kyiv and 4-0 in Manchester. Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney both found the net in Ukraine, while Rooney was also on target at Old Trafford.

• Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville – now player-coach and first-team coach respectively – played when United beat Dynamo at Old Trafford through a solitary Teddy Sheringham goal in the 2000/01 first group stage. The sides had earlier drawn 0-0 in Ukraine.

• Held 1-1 at home by United on matchday two, Shakhtar's five previous matches in England had all been in London, none ending in victory. On the most recent of those trips, in last term's group stage, they went down 3-2 at Chelsea FC after conceding in the fourth minute of added time. Shakhtar had previously beaten Chelsea 2-1 at home, Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho scoring.

• Eduardo struck against his old club when Shakhtar visited Arsenal FC in the 2010/11 group stage but by then they were already five goals behind in an eventual 5-1 defeat.

• The only time Shakhtar avoided defeat in England was when drawing 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32 – a result that secured a 3-1 aggregate victory for a Shakhtar side who went on to lift the trophy.

Team ties
• David Moyes' Everton FC came from behind twice to win 3-2 at FC Metalist Kharkiv in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round, completing the 4-3 aggregate success which led to Moyes' first taste of group stage football in Europe.

• As an FC Dinamo Bucureşti player, Mircea Lucescu made his debut in UEFA club competition in a 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion FC in the 1968/69 European Cup Winners' Cup second round. He played for Romania against England in a 1-0 defeat in the 1970 FIFA World Cup group stage and was coach when they drew home and away with England in qualifying for the 1986 World Cup finals, narrowly missing a return to Mexico.

• As coach of FC Internazionale Milano, Lucescu suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against United in the 1998/99 quarter-finals. Giggs played in both matches as that season's eventual winners prevailed 2-0 at Old Trafford before a 1-1 draw in Italy. Phil Neville was a late substitute at San Siro.

• On 2 October 2003 Lucescu oversaw a 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory at Chelsea for Beşiktaş JK, though the Istanbul club later lost by the same score at home to the London side and finished third in their group.

• Rooney scored past Andriy Pyatov when England beat Ukraine 1-0 in Kyiv to eliminate the co-hosts from UEFA EURO 2012, booking their own quarter-final place. Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and Shakhtar's Yaroslav Rakitskiy also featured on 19 June 2012.

• Pyatov's Ukraine drew 0-0 at home to England in World Cup qualifying in Kyiv on 10 September. Olexandr Kucher, Taras Stepanenko and Vyacheslav Shevchuk also featured for the home team, with Young and Tom Cleverley second-half substitutes for England.

• On 2 June this year Bernard was a late substitute in the Brazil side held 2-2 at home by an England team featuring Rooney – scorer of the visitors' second goal – Michael Carrick and Phil Jones.

• Rooney scored twice for England in a 4-2 victory over a Croatia side that included substitute Darijo Srna at UEFA EURO 2004. Srna's Croatia team won 3-2 at Wembley to eliminate England in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.

• Eduardo played with Robin van Persie at Arsenal between 2007 and 2010. The Croatia striker neither scored nor finished on the winning side in four attempts against United, including a substitute appearance in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat at Old Trafford in 2008/09.

• Chris Smalling was an unused substitute for Fulham FC when they eliminated then holders Shakhtar in the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League in 2009/10.

• Serhiy Kryvtsov was in the Ukraine team that beat Welbeck's England 2-0 in the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final at Donetsk's RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium.

• Anderson and Ilsinho were members of the Brazil squad which took bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

• Rafael, Fábio and Alex Teixeira played together for Brazil at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea. Rafael made his senior Brazil debut in the same game as Wellington Nem, a May 2012 friendly against Denmark.

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