Things are coming together for Erik ten Hag and Manchester United. On the back of three straight wins, they’ll kick off their Europa League campaign by hosting Real Sociedad on Thursday. While United will have dreams of playing on Champions League nights, the Europa League campaign is a good time for ten Hag to test his depth options, especially Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even Casemiro, who joined from Real Madrid to improve the midfield, has found himself on the bench while Scott McTominay works to stay in the starting XI. Competition brings out the best in everyone on the team and there are plenty of matches to go around for the entire squad. For Ronaldo, if he’s able to show that he’s a willing presser in extended minutes, there’s no reason why ten Hag would deny him the chance to start in the Premier League.
The defensive trio of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will have the same task — impress the gaffer for a shot at the starting XI. If they aren’t able to show value as serviceable depth options, then most likely they’ll end up on the transfer list.
Real Sociedad has had a mixed start to the La Liga season with only two wins but trying to move on from Alexander Isak isn’t an easy task. Umar Sadiq scored his first goal for the club off the bench versus Atletico Madrid, which will give manager Imanol Alguacil faith that the team brought in the right person to fill the void atop the line. David Silva and Alexander Sorloth will be familiar faces to Manchester United due to their Premier League connections with Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Here are our storylines, how you can watch the match, and more:
How to watch Man Utd vs Real Sociedad on TV & live stream online
In the United States (U.S.), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (start with a free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.
Viewers in the U.S. can also watch the game live on TV on CBS Sports.
In the UK, BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate is showing the game between Man Utd and Real Sociedad on TV, with a live stream available through the BT Sport app.
Fans in India can catch Manchester United vs Real Sociedad on the Sony Sports Network, with streaming services on SonyLIV.
|Country||TV channel||Live stream|
|The U.S.||CBS Sports||fuboTV|
|UK||BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate||BT Sport website/app|
|India||Sony Ten 1 SD & HD||SonyLIV|
Manchester United squad & team news
United haven’t registered Brandon Williams for the Europa League fixture, with Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri also unavailable for selection.
Luke Shaw was named on the bench against Arsenal, while Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are looking for a way to fit in the XI in the event Ten Hag would want to make a few rotations. Martin Dubravka will also look forward to his club debut in between the sticks.
Lisandro Martinez and Marcus Rashford were taken off in the weekend tie, with Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Casemiro at hand to move into the XI.
Man Utd possible XI: Dubravka; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Elanga; Ronaldo
De Gea, Heaton, Henderson, Dubravka
Lindelof, Jones, Maguire, Martinez, Malacia, Varane, Dalot, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Tuanzebe, Mengi
Fernandes, Garnacho, Eriksen, Amad, Fred, Casemiro, Pellistri, Van de Beek, McTominay
Ronaldo, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, Antony, Sancho, Elanga, Shoretire
Real Sociedad squad and team news
Defender Robin Le Normand is in doubt on account of a stress fracture in his foot, while Mikel Oyarzabal, Martin Merquelanz, and Carlos Fernandez are ruled out for the tie.
Returning from a hamstring issue, Diego Rico made it to the bench in the Atletico draw on Saturday. Umar Sadiq can give Mohamed-Ali Cho and Alexander Sorloth a run for their money in attack as David Silva returns to Manchester in the number 10 position.
Real Sociedad possible XI: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Elustondo, Munoz; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino; Silva; Sadiq, Sorloth
Remiro, Zubiaurre, Marrero
Sola, Aritz, Aihen, Rico, Gorosabel, Pacheco, Le Normand, De Zarate
Zubimendi, Illarra, Zubeldia, Merino, Take, Guevara, Navarro, Silva, Turrientes, Brais Mendez, Olasagasti
Barrene, Carlos Fdez, Oyarzabal, Cho, Sorloth, Martin, Karrikaburu, Sadiq
Unless ten Hag plays close to his strongest side, the points will be shared as Real Sociedad will cause Manchester United trouble. Pick: Manchester United 1, Real Sociedad 1