But just after the restart, Zorya had a great chance and if Ljubenovic’s leg was just a bit longer he would have turned home Olexandr Karavaev’s cross with the United defence napping.
Rooney was summoned in the 67th minute by Mourinho and moments later he made a mess of Fosu-Mensah’s cross, but Ibrahimovic headed it in at the back post.
Was this the start of Rooney becoming a weapon off the bench, or will he work his way back into Mourinho’s starting line-up? Only time will tell.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Romero; Fosu-Mensah (Young 74), Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Fellaini, Pogba; Lingard (Rooney 67), Mata (Martial 74), Rashford; Ibrahimovic. Subs: Johnstone, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Young, Martial, Memphis, Rooney.
ZORYA LUNHANSK (4-1-4-1): Shevchenko; Kamenyuka, Sivakov, Forster, Sobol; Chaykovskiy (Gordiyenko 80); Karavaev, Grechyshkin, Ljubenovic (Lipartia 76), Petriak; Kulach (Paulinho 59). Subs: Chuvayev, Sukhotskiy, Opanasenko, Checher.
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)