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Manchester United face crucial European tie

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Manchester United have appeared a disheartened team recently, but nevertheless they remain a fantastic outfit and their Champions League form has been promising this season.

A draw out in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk - where no other Premier League team has won before - was promising and followed a win against a strong Bayer Leverkusen side.

United have been impressive in the Champions League despite their poor form domestically and need to follow that by defeating Spanish outfit Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.

United currently sit eighth in the Premier League and are a side that have lacked a cutting edge. By beating Sociedad comfortably, David Moyes' men can gain momentum for their Premier League campaign and can also remain top of their group in the Champions League.

On paper, United should defeat Sociedad and have a far greater squad despite their opponents possessing some exciting young talent such as Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann.

United's strikers should prove far too dominant for the Spanish side, who sit 11th in La Liga. However, they should not be treated differently to United's last Champions League opponents.

Sociedad do have a fantastic youth-littered attack and could get a goal on the counter-attack. Griezmann and Vela are superb players and Sociedad also use many other young players.

Sociedad's attack will be United's main issue and they will need to mark their attacking threats tightly.

Sociedad are building an exciting team with a plethora of youth but also with a pinch of experience but sadly do not appear to have the players or financial power to develop the squad properly.

This game is crucial for both sides. Sociedad winning against United would see the group become extremely close and may motivate Sociedad to climb up the league in Spain - a similar position for United. The Red Devils need to win to maintain their dominance in Group A and to help their domestic form.

Both Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk are in form and will be hot on United's tail.

Sociedad will give United a run for their money and their attack will surely cause problems. However, United should have enough in their locker to vanquish the Spaniards and their fans will be expecting a win to reignite their season.

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