Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Manchester United and Real Sociedad, including hunches, news about the teams and possible lineups.
Except for a complete catastrophe, Manchester United will aim to facilitate the last 16 of the Europa League when they receive Real Sociedad to Old Trafford for the second leg of the battle of the last 32.
The Red Devils are 4-0 up in the first leg of last week and are expected to advance to the next round with minimal difficulty, even with a very altered team.
Manchester United finally seems to be heading in the right direction again after a few turbulent weeks, although it certainly took Newcastle United’s scare in the early stages of their Premier League clash on Sunday night.
Despite an inspired performance by the Magpies threatened with relegation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaerthe men reached Marcus Rashford, Daniel James it is clear, Bruno fernandes, who secured a 3-1 victory for Man United with his 15th Premier League goal in the campaign.
Solskjaer’s team is now undefeated for seven in all competitions and has won five in that sequence, while failing to score just once in the last 11 games at Old Trafford – a 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the EFL Cup on 6 January – hit the bottom of the net at least three times in the last four at home.
Fernandes, Rashford and James were also the top scorers in last Thursday’s first leg with Real Sociedad, which was simply swept away by the Red Devils when they set foot firmly in the next round, so a monumental collapse would be necessary for Solskjaer’s team. somehow be sent for packaging now.
United have failed to collect three wins in all competitions since December, and although a repeat of last week’s 4-0 defeat is highly unlikely due to the series of changes that Solskjaer must make, a shocked Sociedad will simply be playing for pride when they step onto the lawn at Old Trafford.
Sociedad was considered a true contender for the La Liga title in the first half of the season, but in a story as old as time, they struggled to keep pace with the big guns while reconciling domestic and European commitments.
Imanol AlguacilThe team’s men have just shaved past the Europa League group, but unless the Spaniards can mirror Barcelona’s famous Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016-17 campaign, their continental dream will cease to exist for at least one more season.
However, Sociedad recovered from the 4-0 defeat by United over the weekend, beating Alaves by the same score, with the striker linked to Barcelona Alexander Isak registering a hat-trick – taking him to 12 for the league campaign – and Portu also taking action.
Repeating that feat at Old Trafford is a big question for visitors, although Isak has already made the net roll nine times in the last six La Liga matches, and Sociedad has managed to win at least three consecutive first division games before their journey to Manchester.
La Reales will likely face a weakened Man United team, so while it is not impossible for the Spaniards to take a sweeping ride, Alguacil will simply want to see their team play with faith and value before facing Real Madrid in the league on Monday – market.
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Paul Pogba and Phil Jones are definitely out of Man United, while it remains to be seen whether Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek will be available for the second leg, in order to avoid various injuries.
Solskjaer will not take any risks with the trio’s preparation, as United have an apparently impregnable advantage and the United coach can start to Dean Henderson, Brandon Williams, Nemanja Matic and Juan kills this week.
Harry Maguire is a yellow card from a suspension, then it is likely to have a well-deserved rest, allowing one or both Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe to get out of defense.
The hosting manager confirmed that Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire they will both be on the team on Thursday, but neither youth is likely to start.
Sociedad lost two defenders to the second leg as Robin Le Normand is banned by an accumulation of reserves, while Joseba Zaldua was removed with a tendon injury against the Red Devils.
The latter will be replaced on the right side by Andoni Gorosabel, while the void left by Le Normand’s absence at the center of defense should be filled by a 21-year-old Modibo Sagnan.
Adnan JanuzajThe reunion with Man United last week was a torrid affair for the Belgian winger and, with Portu scoring at the weekend, Januzaj is not an accurate starter against his former club.
Possible initial lineup for Manchester United:
Henderson; Williams, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Telles; Fred, Matic; James, Mata, Rashford; Greenwood
Possible initial line-up of Real Sociedad:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Sagnan, Monreal; Zubimendi, Merino, Silva; Portu, Isak, Oyarzabal
Probability: Manchester United 2-1 Real Sociedad
It would be foolish to expect another 4-0 beating in the second leg, given the countless changes expected on the home side, and United need not go all out for a win here, especially with Chelsea arriving at the weekend. Sociedad lost two more saves before this game to increase its growing list of absentees and, although this game should be much more disputed, Solskjaer’s men should have no problems to advance to the round of 16.
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