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Offline brian822

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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:34:29 AM »
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                                  Wednesday October 23rd 2013
                                      UEFA Champions League
                                              Kick off 7:45 pm
                                                   Old Trafford



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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 03:16:19 PM »
BTW, thanks Brian : I think we can unanimously agree that, from now on, you should have sole responsibility for starting match threads.... ;)

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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 04:55:12 AM »
Tough game this one. And one that we must win to get over the result of the weekend and to ensure that we are in a good position to top the group.

Interesting to see the side that Moyes chooses. Looking forward to his press conference this evening.
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2013, 07:04:32 AM »
Well, he's not done too bad so far in the CL has he?

I wish him all the best for the game.....
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 07:40:57 AM »
Real Sociedad: Factfile



Club:  Real Sociedad

Founded: 1909

Stadium: Anoeta (32,076 capacity)

Manager/Tactics: Jagoba Arrasate – He was a former striker at a low level in Spain and has grown up in his coaching career at Real Sociedad via the youth team then as assistant boss before the 35-year-old was named manager this summer. As a Spaniard he does like the tactics favoured by his country and his influence on the side saw them finish an excellent fourth in La Liga last season.

Star man: Carlos Vela. The Mexican striker made his name after signing for Arsenal in 2005 and finishing as the top scorer at the 2005 FIFA Under-17s world championship. Big things were expected from the skilful forward but he played just 29 times for the Gunners, scoring only three goals. He went on loan to Salamanca, Osasuna and West Brom before moving to Sociedad on loan. The 24-year-old eventually joined the club permanently in August 2012.

One to watch: Xabi Prieto. The 30-year-old playmaking midfielder has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for almost a decade. He is the club’s captain and as well as being their leader on the pitch, admired for his exquisite dribbling skills and is also a penalty kick specialist. His favourite player growing up was Eric Cantona and he admits to having a soft spot for United.

European pedigree: Real reached the semi-finals of the old European Cup in 1983 and that was their best finish in the competition. Their only appearance in the Champions League was in the 2003-04 season.

Results so far in the CL this season: Lost 2-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first group game; Lost 2-1 away to Bayer Leverkusen in the second group game.

Did you know?

- Sociedad only won promotion back to La Liga in 2010, so have qualified for the Champions League after just three years of football back in their top flight.
- The English-born Republic of Ireland international John Aldridge was the club’s first non-Basque player and was the club’s top scorer during both of his seasons from 1989 to 1991.
- They suffered their biggest defeat in UEFA competition on November 4, 1975, losing 6-0 to Liverpool.
- The club is nicknamed in Basque as Erreala or the txuri-urdin (‘white-blue’ due to the colours of their kit). The colours stem from the flag of San Sebastian: a blue canton on a white field.

Domestic honours (most recent in brackets)

League titles: La Liga: 2 (1981-82)

Cups: Copa del Rey: 2 (1986-87), Supercopa de Espana (1982).

European honours: None

Best Champions League result: Semi-finals of European Cup in 1982-83.

Club records

Most appearances: Alberto Gorriz Echarte – 461

Most goals: Jesus Maria Satrustegui – 133

Record victory in UEFA competition: 03/11/1998, Real Sociedad 3-0 Dinamo Moskva, San Sebastian.

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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013, 09:04:14 AM »
Wow, a club like Aberdeen but without the European success.....

Not a real threat on track record, but a potential bananananananana skin for a misfiring MU.
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2013, 01:13:35 PM »
They are an interesting parallel to us - stuttering start to their domestic season.
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 07:37:07 PM »
Quartet miss United training session

 Four key players sat out Manchester United's training session ahead of their Champions League match against Real Sociedad on Wednesday. Defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, along with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, did not train on Tuesday. Cleverley, Vidic and Ferdinand all missed United's 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, and United manager David Moyes could be without them again. However, Adnan Januzaj -- who committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract on Saturday -- took part in the training session. The midfielder has been added to the Champions League squad as a home-grown player

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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 07:39:22 PM »

Xabi Prieto: We need a result at United


Xabi Prieto has said Real Sociedad’s players know that Wednesday’s Champions League group game at Manchester United is “almost life or death” for their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.  Sociedad fans’ excitement at playing in the competition has not been tempered by defeats at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and away at Bayer Leverkusen, and at least 6,000 are making to the trip to Old Trafford. Prieto said he and his teammates knew the match against the English champions would be another huge test and were aware a third straight loss would see them more or less out of the competition.

“We are really looking forward to this journey,” he said. “Many fans are coming, and I hope we can have something to celebrate together. We know they are a huge and scary opponent, but also that if we lose it will be very difficult for us to qualify, so I hope we can play a great game. It is almost life or death -- if we lose it will be very difficult for us, so we need to get a point at least to stay alive in the Champions League.” The Basque playmaker would not be drawn on whether he thought United’s stumbles so far under new manager David Moyes offered an opportunity for his side.
“It could be they are not playing as well as before,” he said. “If we think they are bad, they could give us a good fright ourselves.”

Prieto, 30, who returned from injury to help La Real to a first win since August in Saturday’s match at Valencia, said he was ready to start should coach Jagoba Arrasate give him the nod. “I wanted to be back sooner -- when I got injured I had in my head the game at Valencia, that I could play some minutes there,” he said. “But I am very happy now, excited to be able to travel to Manchester. I am ready to play, maybe not for the 90 minutes, but the leg is good. I will respect Arrasate’s decision.”

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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 07:49:36 PM »
Manchester United boss David Moyes hopeful about duo ahead of Real Sociedad match

Manchester United manager David Moyes is hopeful that Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley will be passed fit to face Real Sociedad, despite missing training. Welbeck and Cleverley both sat out the session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash, but Moyes believes they could recover in time to feature at Old Trafford. Fellow absentees Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are nearing full fitness, but it remains to be seen whether they will play any part in the UEFA Champions League Group A clash.

"We've got one or two knocks and niggles which most teams will have at this time of the year," said the United manager. "Vidic and Rio are making good progress, Danny Welbeck had a bit of an injury from the game so we'll have to check on him. Tom Cleverley isn't as bad as we thought. They both have a chance."


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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2013, 08:28:12 AM »
predicting the starting XI for tonight's game is tricky because of the fitness / resting situation..

here's my take:

DDG
Rafael Smalling Vidic Evra
Valencia Carrick Fellaini Kagawa
Rooney
Van Persie

I would like to see Rooney or RVP rested but I can't see it happening cause Moyes would want a win..

Looking forward to a good performance.
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2013, 08:34:37 AM »
I hope Kagawa gets a start in a central position tonight.  Moyes might just be pleasantly surprised at what he sees.




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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2013, 09:11:24 AM »
Same names but Rooney up with RvP in a 4-4-2 formation....
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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 11:49:29 AM »
De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa; Hernández

Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Nani, Young, Buttner, Fellaini, Januzaj.

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Re: Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 12:02:25 PM »
At least Moyes is consistent with his bad lineups and subs