Group E | Matchday 1
The team from San Sebastian faces their executioner from two seasons ago in the Europa League, with United favorites for the title
Real Sociedad faces a tall challenge this Thursday at Old Trafford against Manchester United, in their best moment of the season after four wins in a row in the Premier, two of them at home against Liverpool and Arsenal. In its third consecutive participation in the Europa League, Real begins the road against its executioner in the round of 32 of the 2020-2021 season. United scored 0-4 against Real at the neutral venue in Turin in the first leg of that tie with a team in which Cristiano Ronaldo was not yet, now a substitute in the team led by Erik ten Hag, although the Portuguese could leave home in front of his fans. “He is ready to start. Of course he can be a starter in many games », acknowledged this Wednesday in reference to the Portuguese coach of the Red Devils, relegated to the second continental competition, in which they are favorites for the title.
La Real have won the two league games they have played away from home this season, but without the injured Le Normand at Old Trafford, a recovered United awaits them after the humiliation suffered on matchday two against Brentford (4-0), in the only game in which Cristiano has been part of the eleven so far. The former madrista could take the place of Rashford, author of a brace on Sunday against Arsenal (3-1), because Ten Hag seems to be fighting to carry out rotations to receive Imanol Alguacil's team. In any case, the pressure will be on United, forced to start off on the right foot against a Real team that will have to show defensive solidity and cling to the forcefulness of their new signing, Umar Sadiq, who debuted with a goal against Atlético.
De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelöf, Malacia, McTominay, Eriksen, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho and Rashford or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Elustondo, Aihen Muñoz, Zubimendi, Brais Méndez, Merino, Silva, Cho and Sorloth or Sadiq.
Marco Di Bello (Italy).
Stadium and hours:
OldTrafford. 9:00 p.m. (Movistar Champions League).