September 7, 2022 Sports Betting
On Thursday night at Old Trafford, Manchester United takes on Real Sociedad in Group E’s opening match after just ending Arsenal’s undefeated start to the season.
At the weekend, the Red Devils defeated their rivals from the capital while the visitors from Spain earned a point by drawing with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
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While the £85.4 million acquisition Antony did exhibit some of the showy movement that has drawn online jeers when used against Arsenal, the slick Brazilian also showed his skill in front of goal to aid the Red Devils in extending their winning streak at the cost of Arsenal.
Before a threatening Arsenal finally got their reward through Bukayo Saka, Antony curled home a lovely debut goal. However, the Gunners’ defense crumbled as Marcus Rashford came up with a second-half brace for the revitalized Red Devils.
Man United enters the first matchday of the Europa League having won four straight matches in the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Liverpool falling victim to their superiority at Old Trafford.
The terrible start Man United made to competitive play under Erik ten Hag has now been overcome. Man United has reached the quarterfinals in each of their last three outings in the second-tier league; nevertheless, Villarreal’s proficiency on the penalty spot enabled them to upset Man United and take the trophy in 2021.
Man United will now attempt to continue this perfect streak of making it out of the group stage in the Europa League.
The Theatre of Dreams crowd won’t be anticipating Omonia or Sheriff Tiraspol to cause their side much problems later on in Group E. Man United’s European trip last season similarly came to an abrupt end as they lost to Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Real Sociedad continued their trend of scoring one and no more than one goal in La Liga games this season by rallying to tie with Diego Simeone’s club despite Alvaro Morata’s early strike against Atletico Madrid.
Umar Sadiq, 25, scored goal after goal for Almeria in the second division last season, so replacing Newcastle United’s newcomer Alexander Isak with him paid off right away. He headed in the equalizer just 10 minutes after coming off the bench.
Imanol Alguacil’s team has won twice so far away from home, though they were against Cadiz and Elche rather than 20-time national champions Man United, and seven out of a potential 12 points is still not a bad start to the year.
Sociedad will participate in the Europa League group stage for the third time in a row in the 2022–23 season. During the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons, they successfully advanced to the knockout stages, but last year, RB Leipzig eliminated them at the last–32 stage.
Prior to that 5-4 overall loss to Die Roten Bullen, Alguacil’s team lost to Man United at the same stage of the 2020–21 competition when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided the Red Devils to a victory at the Allianz Stadium and a goalless draw in the return leg at Old Trafford.
Sociedad has struggled mightily thus far this year, and even if Ten Hag decides to rearrange the defensive pack, Alguacil’s team will still have their work cut out for them if they hope to worry the Red Devils’ backline.
The visitors are still difficult to defeat on occasion, but Man United will greatly benefit from Le Normand’s anticipated absence and should prevail in a close game for their fifth straight victory.