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Manchester United will travel to Spain to face Real Sociedad in the Champions league looking to keep their recent run of good form going (KO 19:45 GMT).
David Moyes side made it four wins on the trot at the weekend with a 3-1 defeat of Fulham, a result that saw the club stay 8th in the table but move to within three points of second place Chelsea.
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While the former Everton manager will be delighted to see his side winning games he will also be delighted with the number of goals scored of late. The treble in London took United’s tally to 11 in their last four games.
Equally impressive is the fact that those goals are being spread throughout the team with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Antonio Valencia, Fabio and Phil Jones all getting on the score sheet.
After a difficult opening start to the season the signs are that United and Moyes are finding their rhythm and they will look to continue that form against Sociedad.
A win on Tuesday would take United to 10 points, largely regarded as the threshold required to reach the knockout stages.
Moyes travelled to Spain without a number of key with Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans and Rafael all left at home.
Welbeck misses out again with the knee injury that saw him miss the win over Fulham. Carrick meanwhile is struggling with a calf problem while Moyes confirmed that Evans and Rafael had failed to recover from the injuries that saw them forced off at Craven Cottage.
“We haven’t had a lot of injuries – I think it’s the best Manchester United have been in that respect for a while,” he said
“But we did pick up three on Saturday, which is very rare – especially by half-time.
“Two of them haven’t travelled, Jonny Evans and Rafael, so they’re not with us.”
There was some good news with Moyes however as midfielder Tom Cleverley and defender Patrice Evra travelled after they came through training.
Sociedad exit from this year’s competition will be confirmed on Tuesday should they lose. The Spaniards have lost all three games to date although they are currently on a fine run of form in La Liga, with three wins and a draw in their last four games.
One man gunning for revenge on Tuesday, will be Inigo Martinez.
The defender scored the quickest own goal in Champions league history when he put through his net after 69 seconds of the clash against United at Old Trafford.