Lucescu: Beating Manchester United is our only option

Joe Wright
Lucescu: Beating Manchester United is our only option

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu insists his side must strive to beat Manchester United in its final Champions League group game in order to guarantee a place in the last 16.

The Ukrainian champions romped to a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad on Wednesday to move into second place in Group A following United's 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

With just a point separating it from the Bundesliga outfit heading into the final round of fixtures, Lucescu has urged his players to visit Old Trafford on Dec. 10 with nothing but victory in their minds.

"In the first 15 minutes they had the advantage, as they totally controlled the ball," he told reporters after the win over Sociedad. "But I think we surprised them with some fast and clever play after the corner that led to Luiz Adriano's goal.

"At the end of the first half they put lots of pressure on our defence. They had some good opportunities and I must admit we were lucky as they failed to take their chances.

"The key moment was Alex Teixeira's goal, when we pressed successfully. Once it became 2-0, Real understood they wouldn't get anything here.

"We controlled the ball well, put together a lot of combinations, but the outcome was practically settled. Real started to play open football, which enabled us to utilise our counterattacks, so the last part of the game was quite simple for my players.

"Now we have two weeks to prepare for the game at Old Trafford. We have only one option: we need to defeat Manchester United. We will do everything possible to achieve this."