Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will be disappointed that they dropped out of the UEFA Champions League but will need to focus on the last-32 clash against Real Sociedad.
The game will be played in Turin due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions and Sociedad come into the game having finished second in Group F behind leaders Napoli.
The Spanish outfit are fifth in La Liga with 38 points, compared to Man United’s second place sitting on the EPL table with 46 points, seven behind league leaders and rivals Man City.
Out of the 24 teams who advanced to the knockout stages from the Europa League groups, Sociedad scored the fewest amount of goals and United’s attackers cannot afford to leave their shooting boots at home this week.
What time does Sociedad vs Man United start?
The game will kick off at 8:55pm Kenyan time at the Allianz Stadium.
Sociedad vs Man United team news
Mikel Oyarzabal returned from injury in the last game against Getafe and should be fit enough to start this Thursday night encounter.
Luca Sangalli and Miguel Angel Moya remain on the sidelines for the hosts but former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is ready to face his former employers, fighting against Portu for that starting role.
Paul Pogba continues to recuperate following a hamstring injury and he is not available for this clash but youngster Mason Greenwood could be handed a start on the flank.
Dean Henderson could also be handed a start between the sticks as well as Alex Telles in the heart of defense as well as Fred in the midfield.
Sociedad vs Man United head to head
These sides have met only twice in their history and Sociedad have not managed a single win against their English opposition.
Man United have won once and the other match has ended in a draw, a 0-0 outcome the last time they met in November 2013.
Sociedad vs Man United current form
The visitors have won only once in their last five matches, a resounding 9-0 thumping of Southampton, but have drawn three and lost another one.
Real Sociedad on the other hand have won twice and drawn twice in their last 5 matches, losing only once – a 3-2 defeat to Sevilla.
Sociedad vs Man United prediction
The neutral playing ground may play a part in the proceedings even with the fact that there are no fans, but both teams are likely to score on the night.
Due to both sides bland run of form, a draw may be the most likely outcome.