little complicated. A win would take United above Villa but they still have another fixture to play - against Tottenham. There is a slot open to the best third-place side which takes Group 3 into account. Chelsea are in that position with 18 points and better goal difference so a draw would be insufficient for the Reds.
Coach Warren Joyce was certainly pleased with the performance of his top scorer, who took his goal superbly when Lingard's initial effort was parried by Cody Cropper.
"I thought Kiko was excellent from start to finish," he told MUTV. "He's a lot fitter than he was six or seven weeks ago as he's lost a lot of weight and his body fat is down.
"He certainly worked hard tonight, handled the football well and looked a threat all night. He was good value for the goal."