Manchester United vs Real Sociedad preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news & prediction

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news & prediction

Manchester United welcome Real Sociedad to Old Trafford for the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie on Thursday, having thumped their opponents 4-0 in the first leg.

The two sides met in Turin for Sociedad’s ‘home’ leg and two goals from Bruno Fernandes, followed by strikes by Marcus Rashford and Daniel James, were enough to secure a huge lead. The Red Devils have since beaten Newcastle at home, overcoming a shaky start to come away with a convincing 3-1 win to move into second place in the Premier League

La Real responded with an impressive 4-0 home win over Alaves in La Liga, made possible by a hat-trick from Alexander Isak, but Imanol Alguacil will know his side face a near impossible task to overcome the deficit.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the game

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Old Trafford, home of Manchester United | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

When is the match? Thursday 25 February
What time is kick-off? 20:00 GMT
Where is it being played? Old Trafford
TV Channel: BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Kevin Blom (NED)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed their will be changes made to his side, with one eye on the upcoming game with Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Young stars Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire won’t start, however, while Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani are doubts through injury. Paul Pogba is out for the remainder of February, but their could be an appearance for Ethan Galbraith – who has been added to United’s Europa League squad.

Real Sociedad are without Miguel Moya, Luca Sangalli, Joseba Zaldua and Aritz Elustondo, all of whom are injured, but their will be returns to Manchester for Adnan Januzaj and David Silva – who previously played for United and City respectively.

Manchester United: Henderson; Williams, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Mata, James; Martial

Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Normand, Monreal; Illaramendi, Merino, Silva; Januzaj, Isak, Oyarzabal

Manchester United

Man Utd 3-1 Newcastle (21/02)
Real Sociedad 0-4 Man Utd (18/02)
West Brom 1-1 Man Utd (14/02)
Man Utd 1-0 West Ham (AET) (09/02)
Man Utd 3-3 Everton (06/02)

Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad 4-0 Alaves (21/02)
Real Sociedad 0-4 Man Utd (18/02)
Getafe 0-1 Real Sociedad (14/02)
Real Sociedad 4-1 Cadiz (07/02)
Villarreal 1-1 Real Sociedad (30/01)

It’s pretty evident that Manchester United should go through here barring an absolute disasterclass, after opening Real Sociedad up time and time again in the first leg.

That said, Solskjaer is likely to rotate his side heavily, which will undoubtedly see the quality of play drop. There will be opportunities in behind for United to counter, as Real Sociedad will have to push forward from the get go.

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Greenwood is likely to start once again and will be hopeful of getting on the scoresheet | Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The visitors may get on the scoresheet, but United have enough quality to pick off their opponents – and could come away with a narrow win in a game that’s unlikely to be a classic.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Real Sociedad

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