Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League last 32 with a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.
There had been fears the game would be called off due to the partially frozen pitch in Ukraine. While it eventually went ahead, the quality of the surface certainly seemed to impact the play, with United labouring their way through long periods.
It took a moment of individual quality from United’s phoenix to break the deadlock. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has risen from the flames of Old Trafford obscurity to force his way into this team, and he scored his first goal for the club on Thursday night.
He picked up the ball on the half way line, dribbled past two defenders and slid the ball under the onrushing Igor Levchenko.
Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled to hold on to 1-0 leads in recent months but managed it in Odessa. Like so many of their performances, there was a late goal, but this time it was in the right net. Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke through Zorya’s back line and finished easily when through one-on-one.
Fenerbahce beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the other Group A game to leave United in second, but they nonetheless head back to Manchester knowing their European campaign will live on in 2017.
Here are five talking points from the game…