Date: 9th December 2016 at 1:17am
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Hopefully the first of many.

Hopefully the first of many.

United moved through to the dizzy heights of the last 32 of Europe’s second most prestigious competition thanks to a two nil win over Ukrainian giants Zorya Luhansk on a freezing Odessa night. 

A wonder goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike was enough to see the Reds through as they finished second in Group A behind the mighty Fenerbahce.

Here’s how the Reds’ side fared over in Eastern Europe.

Sergio Romero – Dodged a firework admirably and had produced a good save early on in the game. 7

Ashley Young- Mourinho was talking sh*te when he claimed he’d give youth a chance, it’s ridiculous that Timothy Fosu-Mensah wasn’t given a game and the average former Villa man was. Did nothing of note. 5

Eric Bailly- Returned from injury as though he hadn’t been away with a typically assured display even though he was a tad fortunate not to get himself sent off with a needless kick out. 8

Marcos Rojo – Put in a great challenge to send Mkhitaryan on his way for United’s opener and is beginning to look like the player the was for Argentina in 2014 World Cup. 7

Daley Blind – Doesn’t suit being left back regardless of how often he’s played there in the past, does much better in the middle. 6

Ander Herrera- Another dynamic midfield display making sure the Reds ticked over and weren’t under too much of a threat. 7

Paul  Pogba- Zlatan’s assist aside was another day to forget for the Frenchman who often makes Nani look decisive with his dawdling on the ball and overplaying. 5

Henrikh Mkhitaryan- Produced the moment of brilliance the game was crying out for and could have had another had he been a bit more selfish. 8 

Juan Mata- Neat and tidy although did look a tad tired at times in the Ukrainian chill. 6

Wayne Rooney- Not at the races today after a series of impressive displays, it’s a shame he seems to take one step forward one back with his form. 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic- Battled for every ball and took his goal well, not always a crisp in possession as many would want but a decent evening for the Swede. 6

Subs:

Jesse Lingard – Did okay, although wasted a shot. 6

Tim Fosu-Mensah – Needs to start more games, a breath of fresh air when he arrived. 7

Marouane Fellaini – Put Goodison behind him. 6