Zorya Luhansk marks a foray into the unknown for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
These sides have never met before and the usually knowledgeable Portuguese admitted he did not know anything about Ukraine’s fourth best team when asked about them last month.
“The Ukrainian team I don’t have a vision of them or their qualities,” he confessed.
Saturday’s win against Leicester has given the squad a spring in their step again and Mourinho will want to maintain that momentum against Zorya.
After all, the defeat to Feyenoord did not appear that significant in the grand scheme of things, but it looked a lot worse when Mourinho suffered his third consecutive defeat to Watford three days later.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to be given a well deserved rest, Wayne Rooney will hope to stake a claim for a starting place against Stoke by impressing up front.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan also looks like he could return and will hope to put his derby nightmare behind him.
It may be both sides’ debut in the Europa League group stages, but Zorya pack a punch away from home – winning four of their seven European away games to date.
This may not be as straight forward as some United supporters think. – Manchester Evening News