Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, left, and Shaktar Donetsk's Yaroslav Rakitskiy battle for the ball
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United
Manchester United started the match with:
De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley; Welbeck, Van Persie.
While Shakhtar had: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Fernando, Hubschman, Douglas Costa, Teixeira, Taison; Adriano. On their starting lineup.
Wayne Rooney's presence was greatly missed by United, as shin injury knocked him out of United's squad.
3 minutes into the game, Manchester United fell under pressure, as the host team maintained ball control at United's half. But the relentless United were not too timid to succumb to such challenge, as they responded in the same manner.
It wasn't long when Valencia and Fellaini joined forces on the right wing, with Fellaini holding the ball up and beating Shakhtar defender before firing in a low cross that slipped through Shakhtar's defense line into a wide open space on the edge of the six-yard line, as Welbeck pounces to finish with a low shot past Shakhtar's Pyatov.
Motivated by United's goal, the host side suddenly sprang into action, as if they were asleep. The two teams kept visiting each there's half until the end of the first half.
Shakhtar began the second half with a high spirit, United also were optimistic that they were going to add more goals to their cart, but the tide was turned, when Taisonat took a super shot inside United's box, which gave Shakhtar an equalizer that denied Manchester United their second Champions League win.