Manchester United play their first away game in the Champions League this week, with the fixture game set to receive heightened scrutiny for David Moyes.

United have enjoyed success in their non-Premier League ties so far this season, and will quietly take another step towards the round of sixteen if they can emerge victorious. 

Here's how they should line-up to face the threat of Shakhtar Donetsk;

GK: David de Gea

Defence: Rafael, Nemanja Vidić, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra.

This defence holds the right balance of pace, determination, youth and experience for a first European Champions League away trip for David Moyes. 

Midfield: Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa. 

Nani has always split opinions yet has shown confident displays and good service to the forwards in recent games; he should start after coming back from Champions League suspension.

Fellaini and Carrick look the likely duo to hold the midfield places for the rest of the season so Moyes must start giving them playing time alongside each other if they are to progress in the Premier League and gain consistency.

Kagawa may again have to sacrifice his natural playing position in order to find game time, yet may well drift inward on many occasions. 

Forwards: Wayne Rooney & Robin van Persie.

Rooney is likely to play the deeper role behind Van Persie, with the latter making his first start since picking up an injury. 

This is admittedly an unlikely set-up as Moyes has proven sporadic with his selections so far this year, yet it would be a great XI to build some consistency from. 

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