Allianz Arena in Turin was the place where Real Sociedad received a visit from Man United in the Europa League. We got player ratings.
Due to the pandemic, Real Sociedad wasn’t allowed to play at home against Manchester United. Instead, Juventus allowed them to play at their own stadium in Turin for the Round of 32’s first-leg between both squads. Nobody can deny that not playing at home isn’t a handicap for any football club. It doesn’t matter if there are no fans in the stands, playing away from your stadium will always have a negative effect.
Having said this, Real Sociedad didn’t seem determined to fight against the obstacles they faced against Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had Bruno Fernandes score United’s first two goals this evening. He didn’t do it on his own but he was quite dominant throughout the 83 minutes he played. On the second goal though, Bruno got it disallowed for a few moments before VAR checked he wasn’t off-side. This happened already in the second half to secure the result for United.
Rashford and James secure the beating.
After Bruno’s two goals, United breezed past the Spanish side with two more goals that came from Rashford and James. Marcus received a beautiful pass from Fred, it came from a deep position in midfield. The English forward scored with a cool finish as he scored the third goal of the evening for Manchester United.
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Daniel James crowned his performance with a solo goal that meant the 0-4 result for the Red Devils. After this result, United will play the return leg with a clear advantage. However, the advantage to play against a team that also plays away is undeniable. Real Sociedad was simply dealt a terrible hand due to the global pandemic and the Spanish government laws.
Real Sociedad: Remiro (5), Monreal (5), Zaldua (5), Le Normand (5), Zubeldia (5), Illarramendi (6), Merino (5), Silva (6), Oyarzabal (5), Isak (4), Januzaj (5).
Bench: Gorosabel (6), Guevara (6), Barrenetxea (5), Portu (5), Bautista (5).
Manchester United: Henderson (7), Telles (8), Maguire (7), Bailly (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Fred (8), Bruno (9), James (8), McTominay (7), Rashford (8), Greenwood (6).
Bench: Matic (7), Martial (7), Mata (7), Diallo (6).
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