The first leg of this round-of-32 tie has been moved from Spain to Italy, with Juventus Stadium to host the match due to travel restrictions between Spain and the UK.
Despite the unique circumstances, it is still the first leg of a European tie for United away from home, and that means away goals are on offer for the Red Devils in Turin.
Sociedad were early pace-setters in LaLiga, and though they have fallen off the pace since the turn of the year, Imanol Alguacil’s side have plenty of talent to worry Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United is scheduled for a 5:55pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy due to coronavirus travel restrictions between the UK and Spain.
How to watch Real Sociedad vs Man Utd
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website and app.
Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek and Paul Pogba are unavailable. Summer signings Cavani and Van De Beek have muscle injuries, while Solskjaer has confirmed a thigh complaint will keep Pogba out for the rest of February.
Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay have travelled to Italy for the last-32 first leg but face fitness tests on Thursday. Juan Mata is involved after missing recent squads, while teenagers Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire are included.
Manchester United squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Diallo, Fernandes, Fred, James, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Shoretire, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
Real Sociedad vs Man Utd prediction: 1-0 away win
United have been in frustrating form of late, with last weekend’s draw at West Brom highlighting the fact that while they sit second, they still lack consistency. Still, Solskjaer will be looking at this tie as eminently winnable despite his injury problems.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Real Sociedad vs Man Utd betting odds and tips (subject to change)