Zorya boss slammed Manchester in bizarre rant after United defeat

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Most Manchester United fans won't have been all that well acquainted with Zorya Luhansk before they were drawn against them in the Europa League.

The Ukranian minnows are enjoying their first ever season in Europe, so when they turned up to Old Trafford last week, they had their hearts set on an incredible upset.

As we all know, it wasn't to be, as United scraped past them with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a scrappy Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.


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Given the gulf in size of the two clubs, you might think Zorya would head back to the Ukraine grateful to have avoided a thrashing, or at least revelling in one of the biggest nights of their history.

Yet, anyone who thought that would be wrong. Zorya manager Yuriy Vernydub clearly doesn't like losing, and he didn't react to the defeat all that well.

In fact, his response to a question about Manchester was utterly bizarre, somewhat homophobic, and basically, completely unnecessary.

Vernydub branded United's home a "dirty city, full of drunks and men kissing in the street", as reported by the BBC's NorthWest Tonight.

No-one likes losing, but seriously? At least United will now have something to remember him by when they face them again later on in the group stage.

Unsurprisingly, no-one from the Premier League side has so far felt the need to react, probably because they don't even know who he is.

United looking to Liverpool 

Zorya actually did pretty well at the Theatre of Dreams, managing to shut the hosts out for the majority of the game until Ibra broke the deadlock, assisted by a scuffed Wayne Rooney shot.

They've already proved they could be the potential banana skin of the group, so United won't have been looking forward to facing them again anyway - but especially not now.

In the meantime, once the international break is over, the Red Devils will be focusing on the rather more exciting prospect of a trip to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho has already admitted he isn't the Europa League's biggest fan, and it's unlikely the club's encounters with Zorya are going to have won him over.

How far will Manchester United go in the Europa League? Have your say in the comments. 

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