Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Europa League Live Football Score 18 Feb 2021
UEFA can confirm that the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Manchester United FC will now take place at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. The date of the match (18 February 2021) and kick-off time (18:55CET) will remain the same.
UEFA would like to thank Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Manchester United FC for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Italian Football Federation and Juventus for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.
- Real Sociedad have lost home advantage due to local travel restrictions, with this match instead taking place in Turin, Italy.
- Real Sociedad appear to have come through a tricky four-week period and have lost only one of their last six matches and that was in extra-time.
- Manchester United drop into the Europa League after making a real mess of their Champions League group campaign. Their last defeat away from home was their final European match back in December. They are unbeaten in eight since then (W4, D4).
- Mikel Oyarzabal’s availability is a huge boost for the home side and they should not be underestimated by United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should fully expect two very close legs and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if their European campaign ended at this stage of the competition.
- Previously ruled out of both legs, Mikel Oyarzabal made a miraclous recovery and played against Getafe at the weekend in a massive boost for the Spanish side.
- Former Manchester United academy graduate Adnan Januzaj will look forward to facing his former side on Thursday, while United will also be all too familiar with Manchester City legend David Silva.
- Off the back of his man of the match display at the weekend, ex-Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi will hope to continue here after recently recovering from a long-term injury.
- 21-year-old Alexander Isak has scored in five straight league matches.
- Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek have been ruled out of Thursday’s game with muscle injuries, joining Paul Pogba and Phil Jones on the sidelines.
- Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay will require late fitness tests to determine whether they can be involved in Turin on Thursday.
- Dean Henderson and Eric Bailly will certainly return to the fold here. Alex Telles will hope to start as well. Other fringe players like Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic will hope to be involved.
- Talented youngsters Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire are travelling to Turin with the first-team squad.