Real Sociedad welcome Manchester United to the Estadio Anoeta for their final UEFA Europa League 2022-23 Group E fixture on November 3. The match is scheduled to start at 11:15 PM IST.
Hosts Real Sociedad have been impressive this season, both in the domestic league and European competition.
The Imanol Alguacil-led side has won seven, lost four and drawn one of their 12 games in La Liga so far. However, the defence has been a major concern as they have let in 15 goals, which is currently the worst defensive record among the teams in the top half of the table.
Even though they have lost their previous two fixtures in the domestic league, Real Sociedad were on an eight-game winning run across all competitions from September 15 to October 19.
Moreover, they have won all five of their UEL group stage fixtures and are certain of a top-of-the-table finish if they avoid a defeat against Manchester United by a margin of two goals.
On the other hand, Manchester United have accumulated 23 points so far in the English Premier League 2022-23 with the help of seven wins, two draws and three defeats.
Erik ten Hag’s men are on an eight-game unbeaten run across all competitions since the 6-3 defeat to cross-city rivals Manchester City, keeping five clean sheets in the process.
In the UEL, Man United recovered from their 1-0 defeat in their opening game against Real Sociedad to win four on the trot and qualify for the knockout stages.
Nonetheless, as mentioned earlier, the Red Devils need to win by a difference of at least two goals to top the group and qualify directly for the round of 16.
The eight UEL group runners-up will progress to the preliminary knockout round where they will face as many third-placed teams that drop down from the UEFA Champions League.
The winners of the above-mentioned play-offs will go on to face the eight group winners of the UEL in the round of 16.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United head-to-head
The two teams have faced each other on five occasions in European Competitions - twice in the Champions League and thrice in the Europa League.
Out of these five encounters, Manchester United have emerged victorious twice while Real Sociedad have won once. Two games have ended in a stalemate.
One of those two wins for the Harry Maguire-led side came in the Europa League 2020-21 round of 32 stage, where they went on to finish as runners-up, losing to Villarreal in the final.
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