Manchester United vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 10, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  A dejected David Moyes the Manchester United manager walks off the pitch following his team's 1-0 defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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There's always Europe for David Moyes to gain some reprieve. 

The new Manchester United manager is under heavy criticism right now, as the Red Devils have dropped back-to-back home matches to Everton and Newcastle and now sit ninth in the EPL table, a whopping 13 points behind first-place Arsenal. 

Things are bad at Old Trafford right now, and Moyes said on Monday that he takes "complete responsibility" for the worrying run of results, via ESPN's Richard Jolly

Nevertheless, with a chance against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to win Group A of the Champions League on Tuesday, Moyes has an opportunity to at least call off the dogs for the time being. 

Where: Old Trafford, Manchester

When: Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. GMT)

Watch: Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go

Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)

Manchester United: 66.8 percent

Shakhtar Donetsk: 12.9 percent

Draw: 20.3 percent

Top Storyline: What Will United's Starting XI Look Like?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Michael Carrick (L) and Wilfred Zaha of Manchester United look on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013 in London, En
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The Red Devils were thin against Newcastle, and as the Red Mancunian's Twitter feed pointed out, there were still several players missing from training on Monday morning: 

Some of those players could obviously still suit up, but remember, this isn't a must-win match for United. They have already clinched a spot in the knockout stages, and all they need to do to win the group and avoid a European heavyweight is manage a draw.

Still, if Moyes loses a third straight fixture at Old Trafford, which would be the first such instance since 1962, things are going to get extra nasty. Even though he technically doesn't need to win this match, he would be well-advised to approach it like any other fixture of high importance.

It will be intriguing to see what happens.

Will any of the players who missed training (throw Shinji Kagawa into this group, although he returned to training) be pushed into action, or are we going to see youngsters like Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha and Alexander Buttner on the European stage attempting to turn around the Red Devils' recent woes? 


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United chats with team-mate Robin Van Persie  during a first team training session, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk, at Aon Training Complex on Decem
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This Manchester United side just isn't the same without guys like Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, but with Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney (who missed Saturday's contest against Newcastle) up front, there is still enough attacking talent to give Donetsk plenty of problems. 

Despite the struggles, the Red Devils have been terrific in Champions League play (see the recent 5-0 away win against Bayer Leverkusen as proof), and with the added urgency created by the last two matches, they will come out with more energy and grab a decisive three points.

Manchester United 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 0


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