Manchester United latest: Including Shakhtar reaction and Giggs’ record

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Manchester United drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in Wednesday night’s Champions League group stage clash. The Red Devils went ahead in Ukraine after 18 minutes through a Danny Welbeck goal from a Marouane Fellaini assist but shared the points with the hosts who equalized in the 76th minutes.

Manager David Moyes is ‘content’ with a point from the clash, given that no English team has ever beaten Shakhtar in Donetsk.

"It was a good point in the Champions League coming here," said the manager.

"We stood up well and got a good goal early doors. I thought we looked as if we were going to stop them scoring."

“I think on paper this looked a hard away tie and we've picked up a good point," he added.

Danny Welbeck was ‘pleased’ with the draw, despite the late equalizer and echoed his manager’s belief that, in the end, it was a good point away against stubborn opponents.

“I think in the end it was a decent result,” said the England international on Sky Sports.

“I don't think many teams come here and get them three points and today we would have liked to have got them three points but it wasn't to be.”

“I think four points from the first two games is alright, especially considering coming away to Shakhtar and getting the draw,” he added.

Meanwhile, captain Nemanja Vidic has called for focus and a clinical approach from the team if they are to recover from a slow start so far this season.

"Sometimes you shouldn't enjoy yourself too much in football," said Vidic.

"You want to be clinical. You want to be patient and keep a balance in the team. I think we defended well [against Shakhtar] and, most importantly, I saw improvement. I saw the solidity. I saw a reaction from the last game.”

"We showed character after the last game and hopefully we can improve against Sunderland," added the skipper.

The fixture saw veteran Ryan Giggs break a record for the most appearances by one player in the Champions League, eclipsing Raul’s 144 record to make his 145th appearance in the competition, of which he said he was ‘proud.’

"It means a lot," he told MUTV.

"It’s the pinnacle of European football and to play that many games is obviously special."

United take on the Premier League’s ‘basement’ team Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light as they hope to bounce back from two league defeats in a row. 

In transfer news, rumours have emerged that United youngster Wilfried Zaha wants to go out on loan to gain access to regular first team football, with Newcastle touted as a potential destination for the Red Devils’ attacker.

Zaha who signed in January from Crystal Palace and arrived at Old Trafford this summer has not featured at all in David Moyes’ team since their Community Shield victory back in August against Wigan.

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