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10/12/2013 21:42, Report by Adam Marshall
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The Match: Reds on top

Here’s our detailed run down of Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk…

The Match

The Reds did not reach the giddy heights of last month's BayArena performance but proved again that the form in Europe is rock solid. Phil Jones' strike ensured top spot in Group A was secured and, although both teams missed chances, it was probably a fair result on reflection. Shinji Kagawa was given another start in his preferred role just behind the striker while Adnan Januzaj enjoyed his Champions League debut. 

Goals Robin van Persie came off the bench and it was his corner from the right that led to the winner. Jonny Evans made a valiant attempt to reach it but, when the ball eluded the Northern Irishman, Jones showed expert technique to hook a volley past Andriy Pyatov. The goal was instantly reminiscent of his strike in the Capital One Cup against Norwich City.

Star men Phil Jones caught the eye in midfield and worked tirelessly for the cause, showing real aggression when celebrating his strike. Alex Büttner performed capably on the left-hand side of defence while Lee Sharpe and Lou Macari in the MUTV studio were also impressed by Januzaj and Jonny Evans.

Sub-plots After consecutive home defeats in the Barclays Premier League, to Everton and Newcastle, there was intense focus on United's form. Top spot in Group A was the target

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