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Half-Time Report: Manchester United, Shakhtar goalless at the break

Manchester United are being held to a goalless draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at half time in the Champions League.

Manchester United are being held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk at half time in the Champions League.

Adnan Januzaj did well to turn and shoot inside the area after chesting down a high cross on 16 minutes, but his effort was struck straight at Andriy Pyatov in Shakhtar's goal.

The Ukrainian side were sharp in the final third and their flowing move ended when Douglas Costa blasted a shot at teammate Luiz Adriano on the edge of the box just before the half-hour mark.

Phil Jones of Manchester United crosses the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013© Getty Images

Wayne Rooney bent a free-kick around the wall, but his effort could only hit the side netting with sections of Old Trafford celebrating minutes later.

Shakhtar should have had the lead when a quick counter saw Fred in acres on the edge of the box. However, the Brazilian made a weak connection with the shot and it was easily blocked by Rio Ferdinand.

Ashley Young had United's best chance but the winger lobbed the ball onto the roof of the net with Rooney screaming for a pass inside the six-yard box.

Young went close again towards the end of the half, but the former Aston Villa man could only flash wide with his left foot after Rooney had released him inside the area.

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Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013
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