Champions League: Manchester United were resilient - Dwight Yorke
Manchester United should be satisfied after battling for a point at Shakhtar Donetsk, says Dwight Yorke.
Last Updated: 03/10/13 2:36pm
Danny Welbeck looked to have secured all the spoils in the notoriously intimidating surroundings of the Donbass Arena in Ukraine, only for Taison to slam in the equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
United's defence, marshalled by Nemanja Vidic, were under siege for long periods and despite suffering the late setback, David Moyes' team can now focus back on their stuttering Premier League campaign still at the top of Group A in the Champions League.
"It was a hard-earned point," Yorke told Sky Sports. "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."
United's opener was a little lucky after 18 minutes, when an incorrectly awarded throw-in led to Fellaini's cross and, after a slip from Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Welbeck steered the ball home.
"Playing away from home, Sir Alex Ferguson always said it was important to get off to a good start and get out quickly," the former United striker between 1998-2002 added.
"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."
Yorke was full of praise for Vidic's efforts in shutting out the lively Shakhtar attack, as well, but singled out goalkeeper David de Gea as the star man.
"He was brilliant," Yorke said. "He did everything that needed to be done. He commanded the area and made some smart saves.
"Goalkeepers are so important. Sometimes you don't have a lot to do and he was tremendous all night. He came here as a young boy and he's really grown and is developing. He's gone on to be exceptional and is now a class act and he's only going to get better."