Tonight could be a nervous affair for both teams as, despite Manchester United’s undeniable pedigree in the Champions League, David Moyes has yet to really get the best out of his team, and sloppy performances have led to rising pressure to produce better results.
An area where United could struggle against Real Sociedad is in defence, as they will be without their first choice central-defensive pairing, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who both miss out with injury.
They were also missing for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Southampton, where a late Adam Lallana goal denied United a home win that they badly needed.
While it is true from this that confidence isn't great around Old Trafford, Moyes' men are unbeaten in the group, level with Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of Group A.
Furthermore, Real Sociedad are yet to win a single game in the competition having suffered 2-0 and 2-1 defeats to Shakhtar and Bayer Leverkusen. Their league form has also been inconsistent, with only two victories, leaving them 12th in La Liga after nine games.
It is therefore clear that both teams will be looking to try and reverse their fortunes and improve their form tonight, in order to find the superb form both showed domestically last year.
However, Man United will be favourites this evening as they will be looking to impress the Old Trafford crowd. They also have far more experience in the team of Champions League standard football and, if Jonny Evans can give a strong performance covering for Vidic, then the chance of conceding soft goals will be reduced.
Real Sociedad won’t give in easily tonight, but they will be lucky to start their points tally, a narrow Man United win, possibly 2-0 in a tight battle, seems likely. United’s attack should prove too strong for them, and a possible Champions League debut for young star Adnan Januzaj could inspire a United win.
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