The Red Devils cruised to a 4-0 first-leg away win over Sociedad last time out, leaving the Spanish side needing to score a minimum of four goals in 90 minutes to avoid exiting the round of 32.
That impressive away victory means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is able to make some changes as the games come thick and fast for United, though Bruno Fernandes captains a surprisingly strong starting lineup.
Solskjaer’s side are sitting second in the Premier League table, but the race for a top-four finish could go down to the wire. With Europa League glory offering automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League, United will still require a professional performance tonight to avoid what would be one of the all-time shock exits in European football.
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Solskjaer’s starting XI suggests that while he is treating this game with respect, United still lack options. Donny van de Beek would surely have started had he been fit – but beyond the Dutch international, who rarely starts regardless, the Red Devils are still heavily dependent on Bruno Fernandes as their chief creator.
Real Sociedad team news
Sociedad XI: Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Sagnan, Munoz, Zubimendi, Guevara, Merino, Januzaj, Isak, Oyarzabal
Subs: Portu, Merquelanz, Monreal, Barrenetxea, Bautista, Lopez, Marrero, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Guridi
So, Bruno Fernandes captains a surprisingly strong United side, with Solskjaer only making four alterations to Sunday’s Premier League win against Newcastle.
Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles and Mason Greenwood come into the starting line-up, while teenagers Ethan Galbraith, Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire are named on the bench.
Man Utd team news
Man Utd XI: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, James; Martial
Subs: De Gea, Grant, Bishop, Maguire, Rashford, Diallo, Shaw, Williams, Tuanzebe, Galbraith, Shoretire
Team news should be out imminently…
Shoretire, Amad to feature?
Young wingers Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo have both made their United first-team debuts in recent weeks. While both may be on the bench tonight, we are likely to see them at some point during the game.
While the result of the tie may already be a given, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to see a steady performance from a likely rotated XI, while there are also spaces up for grabs during what will be a gruelling run-in.
First things first… it would take something truly special for United to be knocked out tonight.
The Red Devils trounced Sociedad 4-0 in their nominal ‘away’ leg in Turin – held in Italy due to travel restrictions from the UK to Spain – so the LaLiga side will have to score four times in 90 minutes just to take this game to extra time.
Hello and welcome to our live match coverage of tonight’s Europa League round-of-32, second-leg clash between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford!