Solskjaer’s side are ready to resume their journey in Europe this season, albeit in a different competition than the one they started in.
European football does not take a pause after two sets of enthralling Champions League fixtures. It now takes the form of the Europa League, which is back with a set of Round-of-32 fixtures this week.
Thursday is packed with a number of important and interesting and matches, and here we cover one such match: between Real Sociedad and Manchester United.
Real Sociedad vs Man United Form:
The hosts progressed to the last-32 by finishing second, managing only half of the total 18 possible points, behind Napoli in Group F.
They were the lowest-scoring team – a mere five goals in six games – among the 24 teams that progressed past the group stages.
An even more worrying fact is that their consecutive victories over Cadiz and Getafe this month marked their only back-to-back wins since November.
Sociedad, however, have gained momentum lately and are unbeaten in their last three matches. A narrow 1-0 win in La Liga was the outcome of their most recent outing.
The visitors started the season in the Champions League but disappointingly dropped down from Europe’s elite club competition after finishing third in Group H.
They enjoyed a remarkable run of form thereafter, going on a long unbeaten streak, but have stumbled of late, managing just two wins in their last six games across all competitions.
The Red Devils were held to a draw last time out, a 1-1 result against relegation-threatened West Brom in the Premier League.
Real Sociedad vs Man United Head-to-head:
The English side are unbeaten against their Spanish opposition in a competitive outing.
2013 was the last time the two sides faced each other, with the Champions League match ending in a 0-0 draw.
Real Sociedad vs Man United Team News:
Imanol Alguacil will be missing Luca Sangalli and Miguel Angel Moya with both currently out injured.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Paul Pogba and long-term absentee Phil Jones while Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani are also sidelined. Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay, meanwhile, are doubts.
Real Sociedad (4-3-3): Remiro; Monreal, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Gorosabel; Merino, Illaramendi, Silva; Januzaj, Isak, Oyarzabal
Man United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Rashford