Manchester United are through to the UEFA Europa League knockout round, but there is still plenty on the line for their final group stage clash, a trip to Real Sociedad. United lost the reverse fixture, at home no less, so revenge will be on their minds.
Sociedad have kept it rolling in Europe, since that continental competition opener for both sides, as they top the grouping with 15 points and a 10-1 goal differential. United can still win the group, but it’s a tough task as they would have to win this match by four or more. United have a lot of injury concerns to cover for this one, so let’s just jump right in on it al.
Manchester United at Real Sociedad UEL Group Stage FYIs
Kick Off: Thursday, Nov 3, 2022, at 645pm Estadio Anoeta
Competition: Group E, Match Day 6 of 6
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Man United Team News
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are all out with long-term, unspecified injuries, and honestly, it’s easy to forget that any of these three players are still even on the team at this point. Anthony Martial is a strong doubt here. We don’t know the Martial Plan for return, as the Frenchman hasn’t featured since suffering a back injury against Everton. Flamboyant, showboating trick-shot artist Antony missed the win over West Ham United with a knock, but he should be back for this one.
Central defender Victor Lindelof should return, after having missed the weekend winner with an un specified illness.
His position group mate Raphael Varane is out until after the World Cup with a hamstring problem. Got all that? We miss anybody?
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