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09/12/2013 17:28, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Shakhtar

Date, time and coverage: Tuesday 10 December, 19:45 GMT. The match will  be televised live in the UK on ITV 1, but you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s live blog and MUTV Online’s radio commentary and then watch the game in full on MUTV

Form guide: The Reds are looking to put a disappointing week behind them with a win over Shakhtar Donetsk that would ensure top spot in Champions League Group A. Victory over the Ukrainian outfit would also give United a maximum return of nine points from three home games, while qualification for the last 16 was sealed by a superb 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. Shakhtar’s recent 1-0 win over Chornomorets Odessa saw them enter their domestic winter break clear at the top of the Ukraine Premier League by five points.

Ins and outs: Shinji Kagawa could be available again after missing the defeat to Newcastle through illness, while Marouane Fellaini is eligible once more after being suspended for the game against Leverkusen. David Moyes has reported that Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling are injury doubts.

Betting: The Reds’ good home record in this competition makes them short-priced favourites at 1.95 with bwin, our official betting partner. Both the draw and a win for Donetsk are priced at 3.60, while Wayne Rooney is a tasty-looking 29.00 to score first in a 2-0 win, so why not pop over to the bwin website for these and many more tempting flutters? 

The manager: Shakhtar’s Mircea Lucescu was in charge for Inter Milan’s 2-0 quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford in 1999, but the Romanian coach has won in England, piloting Besiktas to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2003. But the former Romania international striker has the weight of history against him, as no team from Ukraine

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