Real Sociedad vs Manchester United
Date: Thursday, 3 November 2022
Kick-off at 17:45 UK/ 18:45 CET
Venue: Reale Arena.
Manchester United have a great task at hand this Thursday. They need to make sure that they win by at least a two-goal margin in order to secure the top-most spot in the group. And that too, against toppers Real Sociedad, for whom a draw (or even a loss by only one goal) would be enough to retain their position.
The Spaniards started their Europa campaign in great fashion, as they managed to beat the Red Devils by a solitary unanswered goal, at the Old Trafford.
They then went on a rampage, and won all of their group stage games so far. Not only do they have a perfect winning record in the competition, but they scored the most number of goals in the group, and conceded the least too.
The fact that they let in a single goal through this run is an added confidence. Erik ten Hag’s men are arriving with an intention to win by a two-goal margin at the least.
The Devils have a lot to figure out before the completion of the group stages in the Europa. They are yet to finalize a proper playing eleven, and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to find his goal-scoring boots this season.
Moreover, they play at the Reale Arena, where Sociedad are already known to be extra tough to beat. And here the hosts have all the luxury in the world to sit back and defend, because of the cushion provided by their win in the reverse fixture.
As things stand, expect a hard-fought win for Sociedad, as they will try and capitalize on the desperation of Manchester United.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter ended in a 0-1 win for Sociedad on the road.
- They kept clean sheets in three of the past four clashes.
- The latest match-up at this ground did end in a 0-4 win for the guests though.
- Sociedad are yet to find the back of the net at this stadium.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United Prediction & Analysis
It has not been a great two weeks for Sociedad in the Spanish top flight. But they are more than comfortable in the Europa. In fact, they will be eager to find their confidence back from their exploits in the Europa League.
The desperate Manchester United will go after goals right from the get-go, as they need a two-goal margin here. This puts a lot of pressure on the guests, and they will have to leave spaces at the back – which the hosts would be happy to take advantage of.
Do note that the Devils failed to keep a clean sheet in their past four road trips.
As things stand, expect a win for Sociedad this Thursday
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