Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect slipped out of the Champions League within the ultimate spherical of group video games with defeat by RB Leipzig and are thought of favourites to elevate the Europa League trophy heading into the knockout phases. United have endured one thing of a dip in type in latest weeks, although, being held by Everton and West Brom of their final two league video games, drawing an early finish to whispers over their title aspirations. Solskjaer will even have to barter one thing of an damage disaster, too, with Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek and Paul Pogba all dominated.
Real Sociedad will present a stern check, with the Basque aspect at present fifth in La Liga, having briefly been leaders at one stage earlier this season. Their thrilling aspect incorporates a host of former Premier League names, with David Silva, Adnan Januzaj and Nacho Monreal all in line to function, whereas star striker Alexander Isak has scored six targets in his final 5 league video games. The tie is being performed in Turin somewhat than San Sebastian attributable to worldwide journey restrictions. Observe all of the motion dwell under:
“What an excellent stadium to come back to. It’s unlucky for Real Sociedad we will’t play in Spain.
“The subsequent sport is all the time an important so we wish to go all the way in which. This can be a troublesome one.
“I need freshness and vitality (from the gamers coming in), we’re in just a little little bit of a nasty spell and we wish to change the momentum and begin profitable video games once more.”
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:44
20 MINS TO KO
Each groups are well-placed to safe European soccer for subsequent season by means of their home league inserting, however of the 2 solely United look to be heading again into the Champions League.
Will that see La Real attempt to be extra adventurous and insist for the win? Successful this competitors would fast-track them among the many sport’s elite, nevertheless it’s a giant ask.
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:36
Onerous to look previous Mikel Oyarzabal for Real Sociedad. The left-sided attacker has very good management, is an efficient finisher and a relentless employee – and he’s performed proper throughout the entrance line and completely different occasions this season, together with as striker.
He’s the highest scorer for the workforce and has probably the most assists, too, highlighting his all-round high quality within the ultimate third.
Additional again, Mikel Merino is having fun with one other good marketing campaign and David Silva wants no introduction, although he has had some accidents this time period.
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:28
Price a reminder that that is certainly one of a number of video games being performed this week in a impartial venue attributable to journey restrictions. Tonight it’s Real Sociedad vs Manchester United at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy!
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:26
The United man must be in his future function this night, so can he seize his likelihood?
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:17
GROUP STAGE ACTION
It wasn’t the hardest group for the Spanish aspect to emerge by means of, as they got here second behind Napoli and forward of AZ Alkmaar and Rijeka. There have been solely two wins within the group stage for them, all the identical.
As for United, they have been within the Champions League and wanting good for a last-16 spot, earlier than collapsing solely. They solely actually wanted a draw from their final sport, or two wins from the ultimate 4 fixtures, however did not get both, shedding out to RB Leipzig on the ultimate matchday and ending third to drop down into the Europa.
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:13
Real Sociedad have gained their final two, in opposition to Cadiz and Getafe in LaLiga to depart them fifth within the desk. However victories have been onerous to come back by for some time now for La Real, with simply two in 17 matches throughout all competitions prior to those back-to-back wins, together with a five-match run of attracts.
Karl Matchett18 February 2021 17:09
For Man United, it’s a mixture of common starters and one or two alternatives to impress, with Dean Henderson getting the nod in aim and Alex Telles coming in at left-back.
MUN XI: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood
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