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Manchester United’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad moved to Italy

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Round-of-32 match moved to neutral ground due to coronavirus restrictions

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions in Span, Manchester United’s Europa League round-of-32 tie against Real Sociedad will now take place at Juventus’s Allianz Stadium in Turin.

United were set to travel to Reale Arena, in San Sebastian, Spain, to take on the Basque club on Thursday 18 February but now will head to Italy.

A UEFA statement read: “UEFA would like to thank Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United FC for their close co-operation 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.”

The second leg of United’s tie will take place at Old Trafford as planned the following week, but Arsenal’s home game will have the same issue as their away trip, with Benfica barred from entering the country. No decision has yet been taken on a venue for that match.