Real Sociedad are at the summit with 15 points from five games, while Manchester United are second with 12 points from the same amount of matches.
Manchester United will be keen to get the top spot in Group E of the Europa League when they travel to Real Sociedad on Thursday. However, Erik ten Hag will be fully aware of the difficult task awaiting them in Spain. Both sides have booked their tickets to the knockout rounds of the competition, hence the contest on Thursday night is all about determining the group winner. Finishing top in a group will always provide a significant advantage in the first knockout round of the competition.
|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|
At this moment, Real Sociedad are at the summit with 15 points from five games, while Manchester United are second with 12 points from the same amount of matches. United’s only defeat came against Sociedad on Matchday 1 at Old Trafford. Since the narrow 1-0 loss, the Red Devils have won four on the bounce. Besides, in domestic football, Man United seemed to have picked up the pace and are starting to be a real threat. Hence, they will be eager to maintain that momentum and get revenge on the Spanish side.
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Both sides are set to miss a lot of players through injuries. The situation with Real Sociedad is worrisome, with the team set to be without a host of first-team players, while they also have several injury doubts. Umar Sadiq, David Silva, Mikel Oyarzabal, Mohamed-Ali Cho and Ander Martin will miss the match on Thursday. Besides, the situation surrounding Takefusa Kubo is also a big concern for them. Furthermore, they have a few more injury doubts in the form of Aihen Munoz, Alex Sola and Ander Barrenetxea.
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Meanwhile, Manchester United also have their own problems when it comes to injuries. The biggest name to miss for them is Raphael Varane, who will likely not return till the end of the World Cup. Besides, they will also miss Jadon Sancho, Antony, Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams. However, ten Hag has received positive news with the return of Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Due to the missing players in attack, Cristiano Ronaldo could continue to lead the line again.
Real Sociedad possible line-up: Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Pacheco, Rico, Merino, Guevara, Zubimendi, Mendez, Fernandez, Sorloth
Manchester United possible line-up: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Garnacho, Rashford, Ronaldo
|Celta Vigo||1-2 (W)|
|West Ham United||1-0 (W)|
|Sheriff Tiraspol||3-0 (W)|
|Manchester United lose to Real Sociedad||0-1|
|Manchester United draw Real Sociedad||0-0|
|Real Sociedad lose to Manchester United||0-4|
|Real Sociedad draw Manchester United||0-0|
|Manchester United beat Real Sociedad||1-0|
The UEFA Europa League match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United will take place at Estadio Anoeta on Thursday at 11:15 pm IST.
For football fans in India, live coverage of the UEFA Europa League matches will be available on the Sony Sports network. Besides, fans can also live stream the matches via Jio TV. Meanwhile, those in Spain can catch the live action between Real Sociedad and Manchester United on Cytavision on Movistar Liga de Campeones, Movistar+; and BT Sport App, Talksport 2 Radio UK, BT Sport 1, BTSport.com in the United Kingdom.