Manchester United host Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday, in the return leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. United hold a commanding 4-0 lead from the first leg — played in Turin last week — and will have to collapse in extraordinary fashion to fail to move on to the next stage. Real Sociedad are also coming off a big win in their domestic league, however, and should not be underestimated.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an opportunity to give a rest to likes of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, but injuries in midfield and attack have limited his options. Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, and Scott McTominay all remain injured, while Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata were not pictured with the matchday squad on Thursday morning. Recent debutants Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo will be in the squad, and at least one of the young attackers may see significant minutes.
Europa League schedule
It’s a 20:00 kickoff in the UK, which translates to 3:00 PM on the east coast of the U.S. and a 12 noon kickoff on the west.
Europa League channel
BT Sport 2 for those in the UK. UniMás for those in the US. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Europa League streaming
BT Sport’s streaming service for those in the UK. In the States, you can catch the action on CBS All Access or through the TUDN app. If you’re in Canada, you can stream the game through DAZN.
Prediction: Dean Henderson; Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matić, Fred; Dan James, Bruno Fernandes, Amad Diallo; Anthony Martial.
Update: It is possible to rest Harry Maguire. Who knew? Greenwood starts.
©️ @B_Fernandes8 will lead out the Reds this evening! ✊— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2021
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