Zorya vs Man United: Mkhitaryan relishes return to Ukraine

Europa League By: Olakunle Brown | 08/12/2016

Mkhitaryan sandwiched between two defenders

Ahead of tonight’s final match in Group A between Manchester United and Zorya Luhansk, Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is relishing the opportunity of playing in front of Ukrainian fans once again.

The 27-year-old enjoy four successful seasons in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 44 goals in 106 appearances which includes a hat-trick in Odessa –home ground of today’s opponents before leaving for Borussia Dortmund.

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"It's always clearer to be here in Ukraine. I have very good memories of being here," he told reporters.

"I had four amazing years playing in Ukraine and I can say my last game that I played in Odessa was a very good one because I scoured my first hat-trick for Shakhtar ever. So I'm pleased to be back."

Manchester United are currently placed second in Group A with nine points, one behind leaders Fenerbahce who play Feyenoor nod in their final game.

The Red Devils needs just a point to qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition and can still finish top of the group if the Turkish side lose in the Netherlands and they pick three points in Ukraine or even a draw as they have a better goals difference.