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Manchester Utd VS Real Sociedad Live Football Score Match 03 Nov 2022

Manchester Utd VS Real Sociedad Live Football Score Match 03 Nov 2022

Top spot in Europa League Group E is on the line at the Anoeta Stadium on Thursday night, as Real Sociedad and Manchester United face off to learn their knockout destiny.

Imanol Alguacil’s side hold a three-point lead over the Red Devils and simply need to avoid defeat on their own patch to consign the visitors to a knockout round playoff tie.Perfection has been the theme for Real Sociedad in the Europa League this term, but the same cannot be said for their recent La Liga endeavours, as Alguacil’s men seek to recover from back-to-back domestic defeats to ensure a last 16 place in Europe’s secondary tournament.

Sociedad head into the final matchday as the only team in the 2022-23 Europe League to have won all five of their group matches so far, the most recent of which came in a 2-0 win over Omonia last week courtesy of strikes from Robert Navarro and Brais Mendez.

A tally of 10 goals does not place the La Liga outfit among the most prolific of teams in the Europa League, but they have conceded just one goal in the entire tournament so far – unsurprisingly the best defensive record in the competition and one that will be tested to the limit on Thursday night.

In order to progress to the knockout stages as group winners, Sociedad simply need to avoid defeat by more than one goal against Man United, but their momentum in La Liga has taken a hit with successive losses to Real Valladolid and Real Betis without a goal in recent weeks.

Los Txuri-Urdin had previously won five on the bounce at home before being quelled by Betis, but Sociedad are now out to make it three home wins in a row in Europe for the first time since 1998-99, and the hosts have fond memories of their earlier trip to Old Trafford.Since succumbing to Mendez’s controversial 59th-minute penalty on the opening matchday of the Europa League, Man United have recovered in exemplary fashion to ensure that they will at least be in the hat for the knockout round playoffs after four successive wins.

Of course, only one man stole the headlines before his return to the squad for last week’s visit of Sheriff Tiraspol, where Cristiano Ronaldo returned from punishment with a bang – scoring the third of his side’s three goals on the night after Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford had also netted in a 3-0 triumph.

Inflicting revenge upon Sociedad with a one-goal win will not be enough to seal top spot for Man United, who must win by at least two goals on Thursday if they are to automatically qualify for the last 16 and avoid one of the teams dropping down from the Champions League.

Rashford’s 100th goal for the club was all it took for Ten Hag’s team to beat West Ham United 1-0 at the weekend, extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight matches in all competitions, and the resilient Red Devils defence has only conceded one goal in their last six matches.

Man United also travel to Spain having scored in each of their last 12 Europa League matches away from home since October 2019, and they thumped Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Anoeta Stadium during the 2020-21 Europa League last 32, and replicating such a showing on Thursday would be their ticket to a first-placed finish.Sociedad’s recent dip in form has coincided with a packed treatment room, as Mikel Oyarzabal, Umar Sadiq, Mohamed-Ali Cho, David Silva and Ander Martin are all guaranteed absences for the contest with Man United.

Takefusa Kubo dislocated his shoulder in the win over Omonia last week and is also not involved alongside Ander Barrenetxea and Aihen Munoz, so Alguacil is not exactly blessed with options for rotation this week.

Alexander Sorloth is sure to lead the line for an injury-hit Sociedad, and Alguacil can still bring fresh legs into the XI in the forms of Igor Zubeldia and Ander Guevara.

Man United’s medical bay is still brimming with occupants too, as Raphael Varane, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams remain sidelined, while Antony (knock), Anthony Martial (back) and Jadon Sancho (illness) are all absent here as well.

On a brighter note, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both part of the squad after overcoming their own problems, and Anthony Elanga should take advantage of the visitors’ attacking absences to start out wide again.

Ten Hag opted to hand Alejandro Garnacho his full debut in the win over Sheriff Tiraspol, but the importance of Thursday’s contest should see Rashford occupy the left-hand side, with Ronaldo in line to spearhead the charge against familiar opposition.

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Pacheco, Rico; Merino, Zubimendi, Guevara; Mendez; Sorloth, Fernandez

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Martinez, Maguire, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford; RonaldoM

anchester United are out to leapfrog Real Sociedad and finish top of Europa League Group E on Thursday night.

The LaLiga side hold a three-point advantage going into the game, having claimed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford to open the competition back in September.

With head-to-head records and then goal difference the tiebreaker in Europa League groups – La Real currently hold the advantage in both – United need a two-goal win in Spain to claim top spot.

Finishing first would be vital for either side as it would provide a bye for the round-of-32 knockout between the runners-up and the teams knocked out of the Champions League.Real Sociedad vs Manchester United is scheduled for an 5.45pm GMT kick-off on Thursday November 3, 2022.

Reale Arena in San Sebastian will host the match.
Where to watch Real Sociedad vs Manchester United

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 5.15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the action online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.Real Sociedad vs Manchester United team news

Takefusa Kubo misses out for La Real while nursing a shoulder injury. Alex Sola should recover from his knock to feature.

Manchester City old boy David Silva is unavailable, along with Ander Barrenetxea, Momo Cho, Aihen Munoz, Mikel Oyarzabal and Umar Sadiq.

Anthony Martial is once again in training for United after suffering a back problem of late but will not travel to Spain. Jadon Sancho and Antony are also unavailable, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo will be heavily relied upon.

“Jadon Sancho, he was ill,” confirmed Ten Hag. “And Anthony Martial is still in recovery, in the rehab, and has to finish that.

“He did train this morning so we are going in the right direction.”

Raphael Varane is out but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in the squad.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United prediction

Sociedad are pretty low scorers this season while United have rarely hit full stride, so expect a nervy match-up in northern Spain.Head to head (h2h) history and results

In five meetings including two goalless draws, a total of seven clean sheets have been kept between these two teams.

Real Sociedad wins: 1

Draws: 2

Manchester United wins: 2
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United match odds

Real Socieadad: 21/10

Draw: 5/2

Manchester United: 23/20

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