Manchester United travels to Italy to face the Spanish team, Real Sociedad. It might be a bit odd to read this sentence, but the explanation is simple. The travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 made things complicated, and English teams can’t play in certain European countries. Among them is Spain. Therefore, a compromise had to be made, and the solution ended up being Juve’s Allianz Stadium in Turin. All that adds additional spice to this interesting matchup.
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Schedule
- Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
- When: Thursday, February 18, 12:55 pm et
- How to Watch: CBS
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Odds
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Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Preview
David Silva Against an Old Acquaint
One of the best and most important players in Manchester City’s history is no doubt, David Silva. He left Etihad at the end of the previous season, ending up in San Sebastian and becoming a focal point of Real. For the team from Spain’s north, having him on the roster was a big deal, and they immediately became both interesting for the public, but also, a very serious team.
They’ve started La Liga very well, but slowed down in the recent times, and are now fifth in the standings, with seven points fewer than the fourth-placed Sevilla and the place that leads to the Champions League.
At the moment, Sociedad didn’t lose in three straight with them snapping one point on the road against Villareal, and beating Cadiz at home and Getafe also on the road. Silva didn’t play in that last one because he wanted to be in the best possible shape when meeting the big rival.
United Focused Not Chasing the EPL Anymore
Solskjaer indicated that a few weeks ago, and the confirmation about our headline came recently. Losing to Sheffield United at Trafford, and playing just 3-3 at home to Everton, were devastating blows. When we add two more draws on the road, in Birmingham vs. WBA and London against Arsenal, it’s no wonder why Red Devils slipped from first place in the Premiership standings.
They will focus more on Europa League in the future, due to the chance of taking at least one trophy this season. Solskjaer needs some silverware to break the ice and also to calm down the army of frustrated fans who are more and more after him as time goes by.
United’s road games are tough, with a few goals. To be exact, five of the past seven ended with under 2.5 goals. During that stretch, the Red Devils posted three wins and draws each.
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Head to Head
The two sides met in the same competition in 2013, only in the group stage. United won in England, 1-0, while the second game ended without goals.
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Pick
This will be a slow-paced game, with both sides waiting for the rival’s mistake. From our point of view, this is the perfect match for betting on under 2.5 goals. It is only the first half of this matchup, and nobody would like to risk too much.