When Manchester United travel to Spain to face Real Sociedad in their Europa League Group E tie, there will be plenty in the match for both sides. United will need three points to secure top spot, while the home side can continue to stay at the top with a draw or a narrow defeat. Not to mention that United would need to beat Sociedad by a margin of two goals or more to finish first as the Spanish side have the better head-to-head record and better goal difference.
|real sociedad vs manchester united||key details|
|Date||November 3, 2022|
|kickoff time india||11:15 p.m.|
|Kickoff Time Spain||6:45 pm|
|kickoff time united kingdom||5:45 pm|
Despite the match having many potential points of discussion, many observers have failed to note Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential return against one of his favorite opponents. Playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored goals for fun in all competitions. Many teams have suffered as a result of Ronaldo’s goal-scoring prowess, and Real Sociedad – unfortunately – were one of them. He is a problem that Sociedad has failed to solve during his long stay with the Spanish giants.
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How has Cristiano Ronaldo fared against Real Sociedad?
Cristiano Ronaldo has faced Real Sociedad on ten occasions and won all nine times in La Liga. Their only defeat came during the reverse leg of this season’s Europa League clash with Manchester United, when Sociedad won 1–0 at Old Trafford. During his ten matches against the Spanish outfit, Ronaldo has scored a staggering 15 goals. He also has four assists against them.
The first time he played for Real Sociedad was in September 2010 with Real Madrid, however, Ronaldo did not score in that match, but provided an assist. In the reverse leg at the Santiago Bernabéu in February 2011, Real Madrid won 4–1 thanks to a Ronaldo double. He carried on that impressive form against Sociedad and claimed his first hat-trick in this match nine years ago. In 2013, Ronaldo found the back of the net three times and set up another goal to help Real Madrid to a 5–1 victory.
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Not to mention in his last game against Real Sociedad, Ronaldo scored another hat-trick for Real Madrid. It was in 2018 when the Portuguese star scored three times and made another assist to help Madrid win the match 5-2. Hence, it goes without saying that Ronaldo would relish the opportunity to add to his total in the upcoming meeting against the Spanish club. If United were to beat Sociedad by two clear goals on Thursday, Ronaldo would have to turn back the clock to give the English club a fighting chance.