Manchester United VS Real Sociedad Match Preview, Latest News, Time, Squad

Manchester United would need to produce an extraordinary collapse not to rubber-stamp their place in the last-16 of the Europa League when they host Real Sociedad on Thursday evening.

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Manchester United would need to produce an extraordinary collapse not to rubber-stamp their place in the last-16 of the Europa League when they host Real Sociedad on Thursday evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side - beaten in the semi-finals of this competition by holders Sevilla last season - go into the second-leg meeting with an enormous advantage having thrashed the Basque outfit 4-0 last week.

Bruno Fernandes starred with a brace in the first-leg thumping that took place in Turin, Italy due to Covid-19-related travel issues, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James also on the scoresheet.

The hosts will remain without midfield duo Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek for Thursday’s second leg, while veteran striker Edinson Cavani is still not fit.

Paul Pogba is also still sidelined with a thigh injury, while Phil Jones is working his way back from a long-term knee issue and teenage midfielder Hannibal Mejbri is now facing a month out with a shoulder problem.

Solskjaer will be expected to make changes with such a big lead and a tough trip to Chelsea to come on Sunday.

 

However, the Norwegian has said it is unlikely that young duo Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire will be handed starts, though they will be in the squad once more.

19-year-old Ethan Galbraith will also be involved having recently been added to United’s Europa League squad.

United were rampant at the home of Juventus last week and should have won by more, were it not for some early profligacy in front of goal.


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