Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United complete their Europa League group with a visit to Real Sociedad this week. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when?
The game takes place at Anoeta Stadium with kick off at 5.45pm on Thursday.
Where can I watch the game?
The game will be shown live on Virgin Media More and BT Sport 1. The game is also being shown live on Virgin Media Player and BT Sport Player.
What does the head-to-head record look like?
The teams have met five times before, all within the last ten years.
Two of those games came in the 2012/13 Champions League, a 1-0 win for the home side at Old Trafford followed by a goalless draw away from home.
There have also been two fixtures in the 2020/21 Europa League, a 4-0 victory for the Red Devils played behind closed doors at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, due to COVID-19 restrictions, which was followed by 0-0 at Old Trafford.
This season’s game ended 1-0 against Sociedad after a controversial handball decision against Lisandro Martinez led to a Brais Mendez penalty.
What’s the team news?
We’ll bring you team news from both sides once we have it later in the week.
What can I read in the preparation on Independent.ie?
Although both teams have qualified, failure to usurp the Spanish leaders in the standings will mean the Red Devils face a knockout play-off against one of the Champions League dropouts.
However, their recent improvement in results means they will enter the game in high spirits, with a 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s 100th goal, their latest win.
Eamonn Sweeney has reviewed Rashford’s return to form and there’s a report and reaction below.
What are the odds of the match?
Man United are favorites at 23/10 with Real Sociedad 2/1 and the draw priced at 5/2.
What are the camps saying?
We’ll bring you new quotes from Erik ten Hag and Imanol Alguacil as they face the press ahead of the match.