Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand will miss his side's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday after picking up a slight groin injury, reports the Independent. 

The centre-back, who has been capped by England 81 times, is among a number of players who have not made the flight to Ukraine with Anderson, Fabio and Wilfried Zaha the more high-profile names to have been excluded from the squad. 

Ferdinand has been placed under a large amount of scrutiny for his performances this season, with many pundits believing that his 34 years are finally beginning to catch up with him after being a pillar of United's defence for more than a decade.

Ferdinand's career has been plagued by injuries, however, which has seen unable to play in more than one match a week for the last couple of seasons; a situation that meant that the defender was not a part of Moyes' original thoughts for the squad anyway. 

"Rio has a slight groin problem," the Scot confirmed

"It is nothing serious but I was never bringing him anyway." 

The match against the Ukrainian champions comes in the midst of a mini-crisis for United following recent losses to both West Brom and Manchester City, however Moyes is still adamant that his team will give their all in Europe's elite competition. 

"Of course we'll try to win the Champions League," Moyes said

"That's part of the job at Manchester United and I'll do everything I can to try to make that happen." 

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