MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With a space in the knockout phase of the Champions League already secured, Manchester United needs only a draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday to win Group A.
In the other group match, Bayer Leverkusen hosts Real Sociedad.
Here are five things to know to Tuesday's matches:
Manchester United won the Premier League by 11 points under manager Alex Ferguson, but the team is only ninth so far this season — 13 points behind leader Arsenal — under David Moyes.
"We've got roughly the same squad that was champions last year," Moyes said. "We've not changed an awful lot in that period. I need to make sure I'm getting the best out of the players and we are performing as well as we possibly can.
"I do think we can play better but there were a lot of games last year where Manchester United didn't play particularly well and maybe, in a game like that, sneaked it with a goal."
After 15 of 38 Premier League games, United is seven points from fourth place — and Champions League qualification. Moyes will be hoping he doesn't have to win the Champions League to guarantee his team is still competing alongside European football's elite next season.
Moyes could be short of options against Shakhtar as United chases a win that could ensure a more favorable draw in the round of 16 by winning the group.
Defenders Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling, as well as midfielder Marouane Fellaini, were missing from the open section of Monday's training session. Midfielder Michael Carrick is already out with an Achilles injury.