Nicky Butt’s Under-19 side look to build on the opening Group A victory over Bayer Leverkusen when tackling Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Youth League.
The first away game at this level will enable the teenagers to pit their wits against their Ukrainian counterparts and, following the pulsating 4-3 triumph over the Germans, entertainment looks guaranteed in the live MUTV encounter.
Speedy striker James Wilson netted twice at the AJ Bell Stadium and is an obvious danger-man while the other scorers against Leverkusen, Andreas Pereira and Ben Pearson, will aim to enhance their reputations on foreign soil after making the trip with Pearson overcoming the ankle injury he sustained last time out.
“It’s a case of going into the unknown a little bit,” conceded Reserves coach Warren Joyce. “We don’t know what we’ll be getting out there. Certainly, they’re excited about it and have prepared well for this tournament. They are looking forward to it and certainly we’ve got to fancy our chances.”