Manchester United welcome Real Sociedad to Old Trafford for their Group E opener in the 2022-23 Europa League campaign on Thursday night.

Red Devils are coming into this season’s tournament after finished finishing sixth in the Premier League last season but Erik Ten Hag’s men saw off Arsenal 3-1 at the weekend.

Real Sociedad are making their fourth-consecutive appearance in the group stage of the competition but their Spanish visitors claimed a point from a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

IMPORTANT STATS:

MANCHESTER UNITED

This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams across competitions, with the previous four meetings taking place in UEFA competitions.

Manchester United have claimed 2 wins and the two others ending in draws but Red Devils have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions.

The Premier League giants have won their last 4 games and are undefeated in 29 of their last 32 fixtures in the Europa League.

Manchester United scored 5 goals in total in the matches against Liverpool and Arsenal.

REAL SOCIEDAD 

Real Sociedad failed to score in their last 2 visits to Old Trafford in 2021 and 2013 but there have been over 2.5 goals scored in the White and Blues’ last 4 games in Europa League.

Real Sociedad drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid at the weekend but their only defeat so far this season was a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Barcelona.

FCNAIJA PREDICTION:

Manchester United win plus GG and over 2.5 in the encounter at Old Trafford.

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