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granted time off by Mour­inho who could wel­come back Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan. The 27-yearold Ar­me­nian play­maker has missed United’s last four games with a thigh prob­lem.

Zo­rya travel to Manch­ester af­ter an open­ing 11 draw with Fener­bahce. Mid­fielder Zeljko Ljuben­ovic spelt out the task fac­ing him and his team­mates.

“I watched their last match against Le­ices­ter. Hope­fully we will man­age to play bet­ter than Le­ices­ter did,” the Bel­grade-born 35-year-old told his club’s web­site.

He added: “We need to play very care­fully in de­fence. I hope we’ll be able to get a pos­i­tive re­sult. But I’m happy any­way that we will have a chance to test our­selves against such an op­po­nent. And if we make mis­takes we’ll have a chance to do our home­work for the re­turn leg.”

Group A ri­vals Fener­bahce and Feyeno­ord meet in Istanbul with Dirk Kuyt, now the cap­tain of the Dutch side, go­ing back to face the club he rep­re­sented for three years un­til 2015.

Un­like United, Pre­mier League ri­vals Southamp­ton en­joyed the per­fect start to their cam­paign with a 3-0 home de­feat of Sparta Prague.

That was Claude Puel’s first win as Saints’ man­ager and the French­man will be look­ing for more of the same from his Group K lead­ers against Hapoel Beer-Sheva in Is­rael.

Sparta are in tur­moil af­ter fir­ing their coach Zenek Scasny on Mon­day ahead of In­ter Mi­lan’s visit. It’s a must-win game for both sides af­ter In­ter.

Mac­cabi Tel-Aviv are in Dublin to take on Dun­dalk, who are try­ing to be­come the first team from the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land to win a group stage game. Stephen Kenny’s side came away with a hard-earned point in their Group D opener, a come-from-be­hind 1-1 draw at AZ Alk­maar, sub­sti­tute Ciaran Kil­duff net­ting the equaliser with a minute to go.

Else­where, Young Boys cre­ate a slice of Swiss his­tory when they em­bark on a 9,100-kilo­me­tre Group B re­turn trip to Kaza­khstan to face As­tana -- the fur­thest away game any club from Switzer­land has ever played.

Sas­suolo, who en­joyed a dream 3-0 win over 2012 fi­nal­ists Ath­letic Bil­bao to kick off their first ever Europa League cam­paign, are at Genk, while French Ligue 1 lead­ers Nice are at Rus­sian out­fit Krasnodar. – AFP

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