Since 2013/14 United are unbeaten in Europe at Old Trafford, with eight wins from 11 games.
Man Utd v Zorya Luhansk - Thursday 20:05, BT Sport 2
No Rooney, no problem. That was the story at Old Trafford last weekend but the United skipper should return here in a side that is likely to see plenty of rotation. However, such is the depth in Jose Mourinho’s squad there will certainly be plenty of quality at his disposal. Nevertheless, they failed badly in their European opener, so will need to show a significant improvement back at home.
Zorya have a very brief European history having lost in the Europa League qualifiers in the past two seasons. They finished fourth in Ukraine last term, but only Shakhtar saw more goals in their matches and after winning at Dynamo Kiev – part of an excellent start to their season – in their most recent road game there’s every chance they’ll come and look to play.
United have now lost four of their last six games in Europe but their recent home record is relatively impressive. Since 2013/14 they’re unbeaten at Old Trafford with eight wins from 11 games and that streak looks relatively safe. Since 1997/98 25 Ukrainian sides have come to England and their record reads W0-D6-L19, including 13 defeats from 15 group stage games. However, just six of those 19 home wins were by more than one goal and with United struggling for consistency we think they might have to settle for just a narrow winning margin of one.
One player who could return for the Red Devils is Henrikh Mkhitaryan and he’ll know more than most about the visitors having made his name in Ukraine. He’s got four goals in his last three appearances against Zorya so could be worth a punt to open the scoring at 6/1.