Match Today: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad 08-09-2022 UEFA Europa League
Manchester United host Real Sociedad in their Europa League opener on Thursday, looking to continue their impressive run with a home win.
After a disappointing start to the season, Manchester United have shown great improvement as they enter this competition after four consecutive victories in all competitions. At that time, Manchester United beat teams like Liverpool and Arsenal at home.
They will be fairly confident of picking up all three points against the Spanish side this week. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad have been quite inconsistent in recent weeks and they will need to improve in order to get something out of this competition.
The Spanish team comes into this match after two wins from their last four games, and it remains to be seen if they can pull off a surprise at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
These two teams have faced each other four times in the past, with Manchester United winning two of those encounters and the rest ending in a draw. Real Sociedad will be looking for their first win over Manchester United in the UEFA competition but they face a rising side and this is likely to be a tough outing for visitors.
Manchester United will view the Europa League as a great opportunity to lift the European Cup this season, and Eric ten Hag has the team at his disposal to win the competition.
Manchester United will miss some of their best players due to injury problems and Eric Ten Hag is expected to change his squad to keep players fresh in the upcoming matches.
Striker Anthony Martial is out through injury, along with Brandon Williams, Facundo Pelistre, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe. It looks like Cristiano Ronaldo will get his second start of the season here.
The 37-year-old has not been a regular for Manchester United this season and is hoping to deliver a top-class performance here if the opportunity presents itself.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United
Manchester United have not lost in 29 of the 32 matches played in the European League.
Manchester United have kept clean sheets in their last four matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions. Real Sociedad failed to win the last six matches against the English opponent and failed to score five times.
Real Sociedad midfielder David Silva scored three goals and made his name in eight games against Manchester United.
Manchester United are unbeaten or unbeaten in their last 18 Europa League matches at Old Trafford. David de Gea is expected to continue against Manchester United.
Meanwhile, heavily criticized Harry Maguire could include Raphael Varane in Manchester United's central defense after Lisandro Martinez suffered a knockout against Arsenal. Diogo Dalot and Terrell Malacia are expected to continue at full-back.
Manchester United are the better team heading into this competition, so an attacking approach can be expected.
Ten Hag is likely to start with a midfield hub for Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. The likes of Anthony, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes are expected to work behind Cristiano Ronaldo who is set to lead the Red Devils' streak.