Old Trafford - Manchester 23/10/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group A

Man. United - Real Sociedad
1-0
 

Man. United - Real Sociedad 1-0 - 23/10/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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United have too much for La Real

Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 22.00CET
United have too much for La Real 
Rooney hopes win can start United revival ©Getty Images

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.

Match in 5

  • Early Iñigo Martínez own goal proves decisive
  • Both teams strike woodwork twice
  • United keep first clean sheet in competition in ten matches
  • La Real suffer fifth successive defeat in competition proper 
  • Sides meet again in Spain on 5 November

Reaction

It was important we won after Saturday's result. We defended well and we created a lot of chances. On another day we'd have won more comfortably.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United forward

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United forward

When you concede a goal so early it is very difficult to turn the game around. United were the better team and you cannot argue with their victory.

Jagoba Arrasate, Real Sociedad coach

Jagoba Arrasate, Real Sociedad coach

 

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Last updated: 24/10/2013 08:24 CET

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Match statistics

Man. United
Real Sociedad

1

Goals scored

0

52

Possession (%)

48

17

Total attempts

12

10

on target

6

7

off target

6

4

blocked

3

2

against woodwork

2

6

Corners

4

5

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

15

15

Fouls suffered

17

567

Passes

500

417

completed

342

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Manchester United stay top of the group thanks a narrow win against a Real Sociedad side who struck the woodwork twice. The win opens up a three point gap on third placed FC Shakhtar Donetsk due to their 4-0 defeat at the BayArena.
  • Substitution
    80
    Young (in) - Hernández (out) (Man. United)
  • Substitution
    75
    Castro (in) - Zurutuza (out) (Real Sociedad)
  • Substitution
    75
    Agirretxe (in) - Seferovic (out) (Real Sociedad)
  • Substitution
    68
    Pardo (in) - Xabi Prieto (out) (Real Sociedad)

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