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United have too much for La Real

Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 22.55CET
Manchester United FC 1-0 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Iňigo Martínez's second-minute own goal proved the difference, enabling the Premier League side to pull a point clear at the top of Group A.

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedReal Sociedad

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts17
 
12
on target10
 
6
off target7
 
6
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork2
 
2
Corners6
 
4
Offsides5
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
17
Passes567
 
500
completed417
 
342

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 22.55CET

United have too much for La Real

Manchester United FC 1-0 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Iňigo Martínez's second-minute own goal proved the difference, enabling the Premier League side to pull a point clear at the top of Group A.

Manchester United FC put their indifferent domestic form behind them as they went top of Group A with a comfortable 1-0 success over Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

Iňigo Martínez's early own goal was the difference between the teams and secured a second UEFA Champions League home victory for a United side who had failed to win their last two Old Trafford outings in the Premier League. The result is that United moved a point clear at the Group A summit, their tally of seven points in stark contrast to the Basque club's none.

This was a night for plenty of noise at Old Trafford, with a trial singing section in place, and the home supporters had something to shout about after two minutes. The goal came after Carlos Vela lost the ball to Patrice Evra on United's left and Wayne Rooney took over, taking out a couple of defenders on a jinking run into the box and then curling a shot against the far post. Martínez got to the rebound ahead of Javier Hernández – starting in place of the absent Robin van Persie – but could only divert the ball clumsily into his own net.

For a Real Sociedad outfit lacking European experience it was the worst possible opening and for the next half-hour United kept them pinned back, with man of the match Rooney to the fore. The England forward drew a low save from Claudio Bravo with a volley while Hernández was flagged offside after heading in Ryan Giggs's dinked cross. Giggs rolled back the years with one swaying run cut short by a foul – not bad for a player four years older, at 39, than visiting coach Jagoba Arrasate.

After half an hour the 6,000 La Real fans up in the East Stand had a glimmer of hope as Haris Seferovic forced a tip-over save from David de Gea. The San Sebastian team went even closer two minutes before half-time when Antoine Griezmann curved an excellent left-foot free-kick over the United wall and against the upright.

La Real maintained their improvement after the restart, flashing a couple of dangerous balls across the United goal and striking the goalframe a second time when Alberto de la Bella's cross-shot nearly caught out De Gea.

Yet as the game opened up, United began finding gaps in the visitors' defence. Phil Jones had a header beaten away by Bravo, then Rooney slipped the ball through to Antonio Valencia down the right but he fired against the far post. United came again and Shinji Kagawa looked certain to score only for Carlos Martínez's brilliant block to deny him. Rooney and substitute Ashley Young threatened too but United had the points.

Last updated: 03/12/13 20.14CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

real sociedad

Real Sociedad

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
1
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
2
RafaelRafael
Yellow Card27
Substitution59
2
Carlos MartínezCarlos Martínez
3
EvraPatrice Evra (C)
3
GonzálezMikel González
4
JonesPhil Jones
5
Markel BergaraMarkel Bergara
Yellow Card39
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
6
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
Goal2
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
8
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution75
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution80
10
Xabi PrietoXabi Prieto (C)
Yellow Card42
Substitution68
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
11
VelaCarlos Vela
Yellow Card22
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
17
ZurutuzaDavid Zurutuza
Substitution75
26
KagawaShinji Kagawa
Yellow Card34
24
de la BellaAlberto de la Bella

Substitutes

13
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
13
ZubikaraiEñaut Zubikarai (GK)
12
SmallingChris Smalling
Substitution59
9
AgirretxeImanol Agirretxe
Substitution75
17
NaniNani
14
PardoRubén Pardo
Substitution68
18
YoungAshley Young
Substitution80
15
AnsotegiJon Ansotegi
28
BüttnerAlexander Büttner
18
CastroChori Castro
Substitution75
31
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
19
CadamuroLiassine Cadamuro
44
JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
23
RosJavier Ros

Coach

David Moyes (SCO) Jagoba Arrasate (ESP)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)

Fourth official

Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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