Real Sociedad vs Manchester United 11/05/2013 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Real Sociedad (0-0-3) Manchester United (2-1-0)
Tuesday 5th November 2013 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Real Sociedad 21/10 Draw 23/10 Manchester United 13/10 See the Latest Odds
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What a difference a month makes, before the first game between these two there were panick stations at Old Trafford, fans were worried, players even seemed worried and there were questions being asked about the ability of this squad. They were not appeased with United's 1-0 win against Real Sociedad on that night or the stuttering performance against Stoke the following weekend but United have now put two good performances back to back against Norwich and Fulham and everything appears to be Rosy. There are still some questions to be asked in my mind though as United still seem fragile at the back and while their build up play has been very pretty the first time it's been really effective was against Fulham, where Van Persie and Wayne Rooney seemed to really be on the same page and they put the game beyond doubt in the first 20 minutes. How will David Moyes approach this game in Europe? Its hard to know but he we can only speculate.
Real Sociedad are much better than their 0-0-3 record suggests. The team lost with the last kick of the game against Leverkusen, played well against Manchester United and could have nicked a draw and were hit on the counter attack in their first game in teh Champions league when maybe they were a little naieve against Shaktar. Coach Arrasate will know that their season will not be defined by how they do in a tough group like this but he will want his side to get some pride back and a result against the Champions of England would certainly be pride redeeming. There are some good players in this Sociedad team and Greizman, Vela and Pardo will all cause Manchester United problems at the back.
An interesting match up this one and one I think will represent more of chess match than a game of football. The game is really difficult to call though as Manchester United may be satisfied with a draw. For this reason I think the unders is a good bet here. I dont love it but I think the stats in Manchester United away games points to the unders, 9 of the last 12 away champions league games were under 2.5 goals. I also think United will nick the win for those looking for a pick on the sides,as the quality up front of Rooney, Van Persie , Junzai, Wellbeck and Hernandez should just be too much for sociedad. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo