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Jose Mourinho has assured that Manchester United are fully focused in the trip to Zorya Luhansk on Thursday (8 December) despite the Europa League final group clash coming only three days before their Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Chornomorets Stadium pitch was frozen in places and patchy in others on Wednesday night.

The game went ahead despite concerns about the state of the icy, rock-hard pitch at the Chornomorets Stadium in Odessa, nearly 1,000 kilometres away from Luhansk in the conflict-torn east of the country. I still think, in the league, Manchester United have got players with experience and they are capable of going on a run.

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"I think a little bit disappointed, but not disappointed with our performance".

"The pitch is the same".

There were skirmishes at half-time as locals stole a few United flags, displaying them just before the second half began as they let off a flare.

A routine pitch inspection is planned for 10am local time (8am GMT) on Thursday.

Mourinho criticised UEFA as he feels it is freaky to schedule the game in Ukraine in mid-December when the country reels under sub-zero temperatures.

Mkhitaryan has been slowly integrated into United's first team since his move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, with Mourinho keen to ease the Armenian into the demands of English soccer.

"When you play against a team like Manchester United they have a very good squad, a strong squad, and they can rotate players". And like all other matches we are back again with the live streaming details and the TV guide of the Manchester United vs Zorya Luhansk match in the Europa League 2016-17.

United are already nine points off the top four in the Premier League, meaning their prospects of reaching the Champions League that way already look slim, but Mourinho says that has not heightened the importance of this competition.

"We have been playing well, that's why our heads have not gone down", said Mourinho.

Spurs didn't have a more clear-cut opening for the rest of the match.

He added: "We had the ball, we had the control, they were defensively good, they had a couple of occasions on the counter-attack and at a free-kick, but we were dominant and if you look at the numbers, we were the team to win". We want to go to the knockout and go as far as possible step by step. "Good and calm. The hotel is good, the stadium is good, the pitch is bad, but it is very cold and I know that it is hard to have a better pitch", Mourinho said, after they arrived on Wednesday.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan knows better than most what to expect in Odessa having enjoyed a successful stint in Ukraine at Shakhtar Donetsk. I did before by being very pragmatic.

Mkhitaryan, 27, settled the game with his first Premier League goal, running onto Ander Herrera's pass in the 29th minute and powering a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.



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