Brazilian striker Taison denied Manchester United their second Champions League win with a second-half equaliser for Shakhtar Donetsk.

United took the lead early in the first half when Danny Welbeck poked in from Marouane Fellaini's low ball.

The equaliser came 14 minutes from time when Nemanja Vidic failed to clear Yaroslav Rakitskiy's cross, allowing Taison to pounce and fire home.

David De Gea produced a great save late on to stop Taison scoring the winner.

The result means United, on four points, still lead Group A on goal difference ahead of Shakhtar. Bayer Leverkusen are a point behind following their 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Shot-shy United

  • Manchester United managed only one shot on target in a Champions League game for only the third time since 2006

David Moyes's men had offered little threat during the opening 15 minutes of the first half, with Robin van Persie going closest to troubling the Shakhtar goal with a curling shot that comfortably cleared the crossbar.

United's early strike came as a surprise and there was a large element of luck about it.

After Antonio Valencia won a throw-in that should have been awarded to Shakhtar, Fellaini turned his marker and delivered low into the area.

Ukraine defender Rakitskiy slipped as he attempted to clear, allowing England international Welbeck to poke in for his sixth goal of the season in all competitions.

Welbeck impressed defensively as well, keeping tight to Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna on the right, although when the Croat and his team-mates found space they were guilty of poor deliveries in the opening 45 minutes.

The Ukrainian side's best chance of the half fell to Alex Teixeira, who scored twice in their opening 2-0 win against Real Sociedad, when he twisted and turned to make himself some space before firing a tame shot from 20 yards that De Gea easily collected.

Giggs in Champions League

Ryan Giggs
  • Age: 39
  • Champions League appearances: 145
  • Goals: 28
  • Titles: Two (1998-99 and 2007-08)

United looked comfortable for much of the second half too, with Shakhtar's final ball letting them down on countless occasions as they pressed forwards.

Prior to the equaliser, the only time coach Mircea Lucescu's side caused panic in the United defence was when Vyacheslav Shevchuk's dangerous low pass was brilliantly and bravely cut out by De Gea.

United only carved one decent opening after the break when Rafael surged down the right and pulled the ball back to Van Persie in the area. The Dutchman turned before firing in a low shot that came off the boot of Rakitskiy.

And perhaps they paid the price for their lack of adventure when Rakitskiy made amends for his earlier error by firing in a low ball that Vidic could only clear to Brazilian forward Taison, who smashed his shot into the roof of the net.

The 25-year-old came close to scoring the winner with a few minutes remaining when his deflected angled shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by De Gea.

In what was a largely unremarkable match, there was a remarkable moment in the 66th minute when 39-year-old Ryan Giggs came on for United.

The veteran's 145th game in the Champions League saw him surpass Raul's record number of appearances in the competition.

United face back-to-back matches against Real Sociedad in their next two Champions League ties and return to Premier League action at Sunderland on Saturday.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Shaktar Donetsk

  • 30 Pyatov
  • 13 Shevchuk
  • 05 Kucher
  • 33 Srna
  • 44 Rakitskiy
  • 29 Teixeira
  • 20 Douglas Costa
  • 28 Taison (Bernard - 91' )
  • 17 Fernando (Ilsinho - 84' )
  • 03 Hübschman
  • 09 Luiz Adriano (Ferreyra - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Stepanenko
  • 32 Kanibolotskiy
  • 11 Eduardo
  • 10 Bernard
  • 19 Ferreyra
  • 38 Krivtsov
  • 77 Ilsinho

Manchester United

  • 01 De Gea
  • 12 Smalling
  • 15 Vidic Booked
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra
  • 19 Welbeck (Jones - 92' )
  • 16 Carrick
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 31 Fellaini Booked (Giggs - 66' )
  • 20 van Persie

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 17 Nani
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 11 Giggs
  • 04 Jones
  • 18 Young
  • 14 Hernández
Ref: Pavel Kralovec

Match Stats

Shots

6 4

On target

2 1

Corners

6 3

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +2:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +2:15

Foul by Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk).

90:00 +2:15

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Danny Welbeck.

90:00 +0:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Bernard replaces Taison.

89:33

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Facundo Ferreyra replaces Luiz Adriano.

85:13

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Rafael.

84:52

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by David De Gea.

83:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Ilsinho replaces Fernando.

83:14

Viacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:14

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

82:21

Foul by Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

82:21

Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:36

Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:36

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

75:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 1, Manchester United 1. Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

73:11

Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:11

Foul by Ryan Giggs (Manchester United).

72:39

Foul by Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk).

72:39

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:18

Attempt blocked. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafael.

69:05

Tomás Hübschman (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:05

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

65:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ryan Giggs replaces Marouane Fellaini.

64:28

Attempt blocked. Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:18 Booking

Booking Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:15

Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:15

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

60:58 Booking

Booking Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:52

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:52

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

59:28

Foul by Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk).

59:28

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:13

Olexandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:13

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

54:14

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

52:33

Foul by Fernando (Shakhtar Donetsk).

52:33

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:38

Foul by Fernando (Shakhtar Donetsk).

51:38

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:37

Viacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:37

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

49:51

Tomás Hübschman (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:51

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

49:23

Attempt missed. Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

48:41

Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:41

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

45:38

Foul by Tomás Hübschman (Shakhtar Donetsk).

45:38

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester United 1.

45:00 +0:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester United 1.

43:43

Offside, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

38:33

Attempt saved. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luiz Adriano.

37:34

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a cross following a corner.

37:01

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Fernando.

34:47

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

34:47

Viacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:55

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

33:55

Tomás Hübschman (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:32

Foul by Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk).

32:32

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:32

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

31:32

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:30

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

30:30

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:43

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Danny Welbeck.

26:27

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Tom Cleverley.

25:33

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

25:33

Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:46

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:46

Foul by Viacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk).

21:26

Attempt missed. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

21:21

Attempt blocked. Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:56

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Rafael.

17:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Manchester United 1. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

13:10

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Danny Welbeck.

7:57

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

4:19

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

4:19

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:22

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Viacheslav Shevchuk.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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