Man United win

December 11, 2013 - 6:17:47 am
Phil Jones scores for Manchester United (Reuters)

Phil Jones lifted some pressure off boss David Moyes as Manchester United sealed top spot in Group A with a narrow 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The versatile defender was the unlikely hero as he fired in a well-controlled effort 22 minutes from time after a right-wing corner was diverted into his path.

The visitors had started brightly and could have avoided their exit from the competition if they had taken one of their early chances, but Alex Teixeira and Fred both wasted good openings.

At the other end Ashley Young was equally as guilty as he spurned two gilt-edged opportunities before United stepped it up a gear after the break.

Wayne Rooney went close with a delightful chip and substitute Robin Van Persie saw a dinked effort drop just wide of the post as the hosts threatened sporadically.

The result means the Red Devils avoid a third straight home loss and leaves the Miners facing up to life in the Europa League after Bayer Leverkusen's triumph at Real Sociedad saw them take the runners-up spot.
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