Worst Premier League start Tottenham boss could have given Moyes tips on beating Shakhtar

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk last night, but he could have asked Juande Ramos of Dnipro Dniproprovetsk for some tips.

Offer Manchester United a draw v Shakhtar Donetsk last night and I am pretty sure they would have snapped your hand off. The Donbass Arena is one of the trickiest away ties in continental football, and despite their own struggles in retaining their magnificently won title this season, The Miners were still a massive threat in their intimidating home.

United had vast moments of the game in which they demonstrated control and potency that has been so bereft from their domestic football recently, when at other times they simply looked fragile and prone to conceding.

At the end of the day, a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result for both teams regarding how the game could have gone either way.

But if Moyes wanted advice on how to beat Donetsk, well he would have done well to ask a manager widely considered as one of the worst in recent times for Tottenham Hotspur.

Juande Ramos was never a massively popular figure at White Hart Lane, despite leading them to League Cup glory in 2008 - he was fired after leading the club to their worst ever start to a league season in 2008-09, so that was probably something that the two could have made small talk about.

Nowadays, after equally depressing times at Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow, Ramos is managing Dnipro Dniproprovetsk, and has done since 2010.This season he is leading Dnipro to a tremendous start - as they currently sit above Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Premier League.

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And Ramos masterminded a complete demolition of Lucescu’s outfit just a few weeks ago winning 3-1.

Two goals from Roman Zozulya and a penalty from Yevhen Seleznyov put Ramos’ men 3-0 up after 73 minutes - with a goal in the 90th minute from Olexsandr Kucher a consolation for the reigning champions.

Now Ramos is trying to keep his impressive Dnipro outfit above Shakhtar, Ukrainian football’s perennial powerhouses, for the rest of the season.

Moyes may be happy with the 1-1 draw, but if he wants tips on how to beat them, Ramos may be a bizarre ally.

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