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Manchester United resilience was key - Yorke

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Ex-Manchester United star Dwight Yorke has praised his former club after the Red Devils drew 1-1 in Ukraine against Shakhtar last night.

David Moyes' side now have four points from their opening two group games and Yorke, who was part of United's treble winning side of 1999, has insisted that is was a great point for the Old Trafford outfit. 

Yorke praised the resiliance of the side after they came under a lot of pressure in the second-half. 

And, speaking to Sky Sports, the United legend said: "It was a hard-earned point. "I felt Shakhtar Donetsk got into a good rhythm in the second half and really took the game to United.

"But United showed a lot of resilience, they hung in there and kept them at bay. It's such a difficult place to get a result. When you look back at the way things have gone in the last few weeks, this was a really good point.

"You see why Shakhtar are such a good team. They are a match for anybody at home. They play great attacking football and played extremely well in the second half. United had to defend for their lives but it was a fabulous finish from Taison and Shakhtar deserved their goal.

"Arsenal and Chelsea have lost here so the boys will be pretty satisfied with the performance. The team will know in their heart they haven't performed well all season - certainly not to the level they expected - but they put in a shift against Shakhtar and deserve a lot of credit.

"Not getting beaten and then winning your home game is what David Moyes would have liked.

"Playing away from home, Sir Alex Ferguson always said it was important to get off to a good start and get out quickly."

Yorke also praised the finish and anticipation of Danny Welbeck, after the striker gave United the lead in the Ukraine. 

Welbeck has already overtaken his goal-tally from last season and Yorke is pleased he took his chance. 

The ex-Red Devils star continued by saying: "It's all about taking your opportunity and United certainly did that. It was poor defending and Fellaini did well but it was a really smart finish. Welbeck was in the right place at the right time."

David Moyes' side will now face back-to-back clashes against Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in their next two European games. 

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