Man Utd vs Real Sociedad: Europa League preview

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.

United followed up that resounding victory with a 3-1 Premier League win over Newcastle on Sunday, while Sociedad bounced back with a 4-0 rout of struggling Alaves in LaLiga.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, February 24, 2021.

The contest will be held without fans at Old Trafford due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Man Utd vs Real Sociedad

TV channel: The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7:15pm.

Live stream: Those with a BT Sport subscription will be able to stream the game live via the BT Sport website or app.

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad team news

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 teenager midfielder Hannibal Mejbri is now facing a month out.

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.

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad prediction: 2-1 home win

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

Sociedad have endured a real slide since being top of LaLiga when the last-32 draw was made in December, now sitting fifth and 14 points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid.

However, they were much improved against an albeit lowly Alaves side on Sunday and head coach Imanol Alguacil, while acknowledging that it will be nearly impossible for his team to go through, has spoken of the need to restore pride at Old Trafford.

They will be going all out to win, though you still fancy United to come out on top once more.

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Man Utd vs Real Sociedad betting odds and tips (subject to change)

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