Manchester Utd v Real Sociedad Odds : Utd face tricky home tie in Champions League Group A

Manchester United will bid to put their disappointing league form behind them when they face Real Sociedad in the Champions league on Wednesday.

The Red Devils have made a stuttering start to their title defence and currently sit 8 points behind leaders Arsenal in 8th spot following a 1-1 at home to Southampton at the weekend.

Surprisingly United have struggled in front of their home fans and have won just once at Old Trafford in the league.



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Thankfully cup competitions have provided some welcome relief as wins over Liverpool and Bayern Leverkusen in the Capital one and Champions league cup’s respectively means that Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that any cup will do for David Moyes remains intact.

United followed up their 4-2 win over Leverkusen with a tricky point away to Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month and they will be confident of consolidating their place at the top of the table against their Spanish opponents.

Moyes will assess both Tom Cleverley and Rio Ferdinand before the game although both are rated as doubtful after missing the draw with Southampton.

Sociedad have made even worse start than United and have lost both their Champions league games so far in conjunction to a poor start in La Liga that has seen just 2 wins so far.

The club currently sit 11th in the table but will head into the game with renewed confidence following a morale boosting 2-1 win over Valencia.

French attacker Antoine Griezmann scored in the victory at the Mestalla and the highly rated forward will hope for a repeat of their surprise weekend result in Manchester.

“We’re not going (to Manchester) merely as tourists. We are going as a quality side who will be trying to win three points that will help us to continue in the tournament,” Griezmann said.

“We will analyse what we did well last Saturday and look to repeat that.”

Midfielder Xabi Prieto should start after making his comeback from injury at the weekend however long term absentee Esteban Granero remains out.

Elsewhere in the group Bayern Leverkusen will face Shakhtar Donestk in Germany looking to keep their seven game unbeaten run at the BayArena intact.

Sami Hyypia’s side have made their best ever start to a Bundesliga season, posting seven wins in their opening nine matches and they sit third in the table, just a point behind leaders Bayern Munich.

A win for the German side would see them overtake their Russian opponents and with Sidney Sam with 10 goals in all competitions in such fine form few would back against them.

Shakhtar however are unbeaten so far and will head into the game on the back of two big wins in the Ukrainian top flight that has yielded 10 goals and with the likes of Brazilians Fred, Bernard and Argentine striker Facundo Ferreya in their ranks they will pose Hyppia’s side plenty of problems.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.