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Official: Man United and Real Sociedad get a new playing venue

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions between Spain and England, Man United and Real Sociedad will get a new venue to play their Europa League tie. 

Man United and Real Sociedad won’t be able to play their Round of 32 tie at their respective venues due to Covid-19 restrictions between both countries. Due to this issue, UEFA had to search for a new place where they can both arrive and play safely. The reason behind this decision came after Spain decided to forbid entry to any flight coming from England. With the intention to prevent the spread of the virus variant that originated in London.

Both Manchester United and Real Sociedad seem to have agreed on looking for a new venue to play the match that was supposed to take place at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian. This game will now take place at Juventus Stadium in the city of Turin after the Spanish club reached an agreement with the Italian club. Both institutions announced the decision earlier today. 

Manchester United makes the announcement first. 

On their official website, the Red Devils made the following statement: “The away leg of Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League round-of-32 tie against Real Sociedad will now take place at Juventus’s Allianz Stadium in Turin, it has been confirmed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were set to travel to Reale Arena, in San Sebastian, Spain, to take on the Basque club on Thursday 18 February.

“However, the game, which kicks off at 17:55 GMT, has been moved to Italy because of Spanish government restrictions on travelers entering the country from England, due to the new COVID-19 variant. The second leg, to be played at Old Trafford at 20:00 GMT on Thursday 25 February, remains unchanged. Both games against La Real, who boast ex-Reds winger Adnan Januzaj and former Manchester City midfielder David Silva in their ranks, will take place behind closed doors.”