Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the hero for Manchester United as they secured their first win in the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho dropped Captain Wayne Rooney to the bench for a second consecutive time and gave starts to Sergio Romero, Rojo and Marouane Fellaini while Zorya Luhansk adopted a 4-4-1-1 formation with Vladyslav Kulach as the lone striker.
The home side kept the away side in their own half for the first four minutes of the Europa League match but surprisingly it was the Ukrainians that had the first sniff of goal as Petryak played in Ljubenovic on the edge of the box, but his right foot shot was too high.
At the other end Juan Mata’s cross was headed over the cross bar by Belgian international Fellaini. United continued to dominated possession and Ibrahimovic’s bar was deflected over the cross bar.
Marcus Rashford who is currently nominated as one of the 40 top Under-21 players in Europe smashed a superb volley against the cross bar as the visitors survived.
Juan Mata missed a glorious chance to score as he headed a Paul Pogba inch-perfect cross over the crossbar.
At the end of the first half, Forster made a superb block from Jesse Lingard and kept the scores goalless at the interval.
The visitors looked likely to open scoring as Zeljko Ljubenovic threw himself unto a cross but failed to make connection.
Wayne Rooney was introduced for Jesse Lingard and it produced a goal for the home side as the Captain’s long range shot was deflected into the part of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who made no mistake as he headed past Oleksiy Shevchenko in goal for Zorya Luhansk for 1-0.
Mourinho immediately sent on Anthony Martial and Ashley Young for Juan Mata and Fosu-Mensah as they looked to increase their lead while the away side brought on Lipartia for Ljubenovic.
Manchester United didn’t allow the visitors back in the game as they ran out with a 1-0 win.