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Modified 22 Oct 2013, 15:26 IST
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Manchester United

David Moyes is in need of a win against Real Sociedad following the 1-1 draw with Southampton in order to ease the pressure on the Manchester United boss.

The Scot will be without the services of long-term absentee Darren Fletcher, while Nemanja Vidic is sidelined and will miss out.

Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley are both doubts and may not be available for Moyes for the welcome of the La Liga side.

Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad secured an impressive 2-1 win over Valencia at the weekend and will have been boosted by the return of Xabi Prieto from a thigh problem.

However, the La Liga side will be without the services of injured trio Esteban Granero, Diego Ifrán and Daniel Estrada for the trip to Manchester United.

Head coach Jagoba Arrasate may name an unchanged starting XI for the Champions League tie.

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Prediction

Manchester United have started the season poorly, but are unbeaten in Europe and will look to continue that record with the welcome of Real Sociedad. The Premier League champions must pick up a win here in order to ease the pressure building on manager David Moyes.

The La Liga side have endured a similarly tumultuous start to their domestic campaign and need to pick up a positive result if they’re to stand any chance of making it through Group A. They’ll be buoyed, however, in that United have lost their last 2 competitive fixtures at the hands of Spanish sides at Old Trafford.

However, without the services of key man Esteban Granero, United are tipped to come away with a victory here, but it’s likely to be a close encounter at Old Trafford.

Published 22 Oct 2013, 15:25 IST
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