Several teams have suffered as a result of Ronaldo's goal-scoring prowess, and Real Sociedad - unfortunately - were one of them.
When Manchester United travel to Spain to take on Real Sociedad in a Europa League Group E encounter, there will be a lot riding on the match for both sides. United will need the three points to secure the top spot, while the home side can continue to remain at the summit with a draw or a narrow defeat. Not to mention that United must defeat Sociedad by a margin of two goals or more to clinch first place since the Spanish side has a better head-to-head record and superior goal difference.
|Real Sociedad vs Manchester United||Key Details|
|Date||3rd November, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||11:15 pm|
|Kickoff time Spain||6:45 pm|
|Kickoff time United Kingdom||5:45 pm|
Despite the match having a lot of potential talking points, many observers have failed to notice Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible return against one of his favourite opponents. While playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored goals for fun in all competitions. Several teams have suffered as a result of Ronaldo’s goal-scoring prowess, and Real Sociedad – unfortunately – were one of them. He is a problem Sociedad have failed to solve during his lengthy stay with the Spanish giants.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has faced Real Sociedad on ten occasions and has won all nine times in La Liga. His only defeat was with Manchester United during the reverse leg of this season’s Europa League clash when the Sociedad won 1-0 at Old Trafford. During his ten matches against the Spanish outfit, Ronaldo has scored a staggering 15 goals. He has also provided four assists against them.
The first time he played Real Sociedad was way back in September 2010 with Real Madrid, however, Ronaldo did not score in that match but provided an assist. In the reverse leg at Santiago Bernabeu in February 2011, Real Madrid won 4-1, thanks to Ronaldo’s double. He maintained that impressive form against Sociedad and got his first hat-trick in this fixture nine years ago. In 2013, Ronaldo found the back of the net three times and set up another goal to help Real Madrid ease to a 5-1 victory.
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Not to mention in his final game against Real Sociedad, Ronaldo scored another hat-trick for Real Madrid. It was in 2018 when the Portuguese star scored thrice and assisted one more to help Madrid win the match 5-2. Hence, it goes without saying that Ronaldo will relish the opportunity to add to his total against the Spanish club in the upcoming meeting. If United were to overcome Sociedad by two clear goals on Thursday, Ronaldo will have to turn back the clock to give the English club a fighting chance.