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ZORYA LUHANSK 0 - 2 MANCHESTER UNITED: HENRIKH MKHITARYAN SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL BEFORE ZLATAN IBRAHI


Mkhitaryan struck two minutes after half time after a superb solo run from the half-way line.

Despite the fact that the pitch was hard and bobbly, the playmaker nutmegged Mikhail Sivakov and poked the ball home.

Ibrahimovic sealed the victory with a late strike, perhaps knowing the 2017 Europa League final is in his native Sweden

In his comments about Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho said: “He has a strong mentality."

He was very determined to fight against his difficult adaptation and he's doing that in the best way

"He worked really hard physically, tactically and the talent we know is there."

The talent we knew what we were buying. He fought to improve tactically and physically, and now he is playing good in Premier League, Europa League and the EFL Cup."And now evolving a bit more happiness for him, so I'm very pleased.

"He added: “The pitch was better today than yesterday and good enough to play football on."We appreciate the efforts to give us a good pitch.

“There are no miracles in this cold weather, we know it's difficult to have a good pitch, so we appreciate the efforts to give us a good surface."

Play was briefly stopped after the flare landed on the pitch during the Europa League fixture in Ukraine

First half was relatively low-key with United enjoying the majority of possession but struggling to break down a determined Zorya side that defended in numbers and looked to hit Mourinho's side on the break.

Bailly came close with an acrobatic overhead kick after Ibrahimovic had headed down a corner but aimed his attempt straight at Levchenko.

Wayne Rooney was having one of those nights when he looked weakened and short of sharpness, but he came very close to opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a blistering 25-yard shot that was tipped over the bar.

Ibrahimovic sealed the victory with a late strike, perhaps knowing the 2017 Europa League final is in his native Sweden

Substitute Marouane Fellaini, who gave away a costly penalty at the weekend, wraps up against the cold before the match

Ihor Kharatin has a shot at goal as Herrera and world record signing Paul Pogba put him under pressure

However, United didn't have to wait long for their first goal as Mkhitaryan scored within three minutes of the restart.

The smoke from a red flare was still drifting around the Zorya box as their fans behind that goal celebrated snatching a banner from the United end at half-time, when the Armenian picked up the ball just over the halfway line.

Mkhitaryan, who scored a hat-trick on his last visit to Odessa with Shakhtar, did well to keep control of the ball as he ran at the Zorya defence and played it through the legs of Mikhail Sivakov before steering a shot into the bottom corner

Ibrahimovic's teammates celebrating with him after he doubled the score for United