David Moyes will draw all positives from United's deserved point in Donetsk
David Moyes was denied a UEFA Champions League win in Donetsk – settling instead for a 1-1 draw – but still left the Donbass Arena as the first manager of an English team to nick a point from a trip to Shakhtar in this competition.
Moyes can do with all the little snippets of positivity he can lay his hands on just now.
And, with Arsenal (twice), Tottenham and, last season, Chelsea all beaten here, Moyes can look back with some satisfaction on a result which consolidates a decent start to Group A.
Yet the Scot may also lament the fact his side got within 15 minutes of what would have been an impressive victory.
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The scorer of United's last away goal in the competition, against Real Madrid, Danny Welbeck was on the mark again, steering home after Yaroslav Rakitskiy had made a hash of clearing Marouane Fellaini's low cross.
It was Welbeck's third goal of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, and for a good while afterwards seemed set to prove the difference.
But Shakhtar continued to press and when Taison thrashed home an impressive effort, United needed all their battling qualities to gain the draw their industry deserved.
If Moyes has had his struggles trying to work out the merits of his United players, though, the club's supporters are equally baffled as to the balance of their season as a whole.
Currently in the wrong half of the Premier League table after three defeats in their opening six games, their worst start since 1989, the backdrop to a trip to Donetsk was as bleak as the weather in this mining city.
So, after the ten days he has endured, to reach half-time a goal up and with his defence holding reasonably firm, Moyes had every right to regard it as a victory of sorts.
United were more impressive for the fact Wayne Rooney was missing after suffering a shin injury in training before he had even left England which had swollen up overnight.
European champions Bayern Munich delivered a footballing master-class as they powered to a convincing 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The formidable attacking trio of Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben all struck as City were completely outplayed in Group D, although they also contributed to their own downfall.
Errors from goalkeeper Joe Hart and the defence proved costly but the hosts at least finished strongly as Alvaro Negredo replied and Bayern had former City defender Jerome Boateng sent off.
The result lifted Bayern clear at the top of the group and, even after just two games, probably left City in a battle for second place with their next opponents CSKA Moscow.
The overwhelming feeling was that a City side that thrashed Manchester United just ten days previously were taught a footballing lesson.
Manuel Pellegrini was appointed by City in the summer in expectation he could improve the club's standing in Europe but this was clear indication of the scale of the task.
Hart was at fault for Bayern's opener and was beaten too easily for the third goal, while Gael Clichy was the chief culprit for the second.
Muller hit the post as Bayern threatened more but City finally found some bite late on.
Milner had a shot tipped over and fellow substitute Negredo pulled one back with a powerful shot off the post 11 minutes from time.
Boateng was shown a straight red card after halting a Yaya Toure burst on the edge of the area and David Silva curled the resulting free-kick against the bar.
Negredo also headed wide as City gave themselves some encouragement for the remainder of the campaign.