Team that with a little inspiration and a lot of order can beat anyone, Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad faces the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 against the powerful Manchester United (starting at 6:55 p.m., in Movistar Liga de Champions), which, however, is not going through the best of times. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, which started the season like a shot -although they dispute the Europa League after being knocked off in the Champions League-, has lost steam and has been overtaken by Manchester City, already 10 points in the Premier. In fact, United have not gone beyond a draw in their last two domestic games, routinely punished for defensive errors.
United does not have the best of the rear but it does have an attack to envy. Cavani and Pogba, however, are low. Real will have to protect itself, which also has hardly any casualties – the winger Carlos Fernández and the substitute goalkeeper Moyá – while relying on his sensational punch, especially from an Isak who has scored six goals in the last five days. Along with him will be Oyarzabal and Silva.
The Juventus Stadium in Turin will be the stadium chosen for this contest after the Spanish authorities prevented United from entering our country due to the British strain of Covid-19.