Europa League

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad: How to watch on TV live stream, team news, lineups & prediction

Sean Walsh
Man Utd return to the Europa League
Man Utd return to the Europa League / Michael Regan/Getty Images, Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Manchester United kick off their Europa League group stage campaign at home to Real Sociedad.

The Red Devils have reached the final in two of their last three forays into UEFA's secondary club competition and are among the favourites to go all the way again.

Erik ten Hag's side welcome a conservative Real Sociedad outfit to Old Trafford on Thursday, meeting once again after their battle in the knockout stages two seasons ago.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of this one.

Where are Man Utd vs Real Sociedad playing?

  • Location: Manchester, England
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • Date: Thursday 8 September
  • Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 EST / 12:00 PST
  • VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
  • Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)

Where can you watch Man Utd vs Real Sociedad on TV in UK, US, Canada?

  • UK: BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultimate
  • USA: Paramount+
  • Canada: DAZN

Where can you watch Man Utd vs Real Sociedad highlights in UK, US, Canada?

  • UK: BT Sport YouTube channel
  • USA: CBS Sports Golazo YouTube channel
  • Canada: DAZN Canada YouTube channel

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad H2H Results

  • Man Utd: 2 Wins
  • Real Sociedad: 0 Wins
  • Draws: 2

Current Form (Last Five Games)

  • Man Utd: LWWWW
  • Real Sociedad: LWLWD

Man Utd team news

Ten Hag has confirmed that Anthony Martial remains sidelined with an Achilles problem, though Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek could return to the squad.

Diogo Dalot joined Ten Hag for his pre-match press conference so is expected to keep his place, though the Dutchman is likely to make several changes.

Cristiano Ronaldo could start for the first time since United's 4-0 thrashing at Brentford, while Casemiro is in line for his full debut.

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Real Sociedad

Man Utd Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Dubravka; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Elanga; Ronaldo
Bench: De Gea, Heaton, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Eriksen, McTominay, Van de Beek, Sancho, Rashford, Garnacho

Real Sociedad team news

The Basque side head to England without star winger Mikel Oyarzabal, who won't return from a cruciate ligament injury until November.

Former Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico is expected to miss out with a hamstring problem, as is Carlos Fernandez.

Martin Merquelanz and Robin Le Normand are also doubts.

Real Sociedad predicted lineup vs Man Utd

Real Sociedad Starting 11 (4-3-3): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Elustondo, Munoz; Zubimendi, Merino, Mendez; Silva; Sadiq, Cho
Bench: Zubiaurre, Sola, Gonzalez, Pacheco, Illarramendi, Turrientes, Kubo, Karrikaburu, Barrenetxea, Sadiq, Navarro, Sorloth

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad score prediction

The mood at Man Utd appears to be positive again, with Ten Hag's squad buying into his methods quickly.

They have enough quality in their squad to rotate effectively and win their Europa League group without breaking too much of a sweat, particularly if Ronaldo keeps up his sensational record on the continent.

Real Sociedad were impressive in their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the weekend, but taking on a United side in this form is a different prospect.

Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Real Sociedad