Manchester United will clash heads with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result on match day 1 of the UEFA Europa League campaign. The visitors will be coming into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, whereas the Red Devils recorded a thrilling 3-1 win against Arsenal.
Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up ahead of the midweek clash.
Anthony Martial is still ruled out with an Achilles injury.
“Yes, he is still out. He is progressing but he is not ready to get back into team training or in a game.” – Ten Hag revealed in his pre-match press conference.
‘There were no fresh absentees in training this week, although centre-back Robin Le Normand does look set to be ruled out.’ – Manchester United’s official website stated.
‘Aritz Elustondo and Jon Pacheco are candidates to play in defence, and coach Imanol Alguacil could opt for a five-man backline.’
‘Carlos Fernandez, Mikel Oyarzabal and former Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico are all absent.’
Tactical Preview And Key Men
Having picked up all twelve points in their last four league matches, The Red Devils will be heading into the contest full of confidence. However, Erik Ten Hag could ring in the changes as several players are keen on an opportunity to impress. Former Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro are expected to be a part of the starting line-up on Thursday, whereas Martin Dubravka could make his debut in goal. The likes of Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire can also return to feature in defence.
Manchester United possible starting XI:
Dubravka; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Elanga; Ronaldo
Real Sociedad possible starting XI:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Elustondo, Munoz; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino; Silva; Sadiq, Sorloth
Manchester United 3-1 Real Sociedad.