Manchester United progress to the last 16 of the Europa League. Even though they only drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad, that result was enough to get MU out.
Duel MU Vs Society in the second leg of the last 32 Europa League held at Old Trafford, Friday (26/2/2021) early morning WIB. The Red Devils were armed with a 4-0 victory from the first leg at Sociedad headquarters.
Axel Tuanzebe scored for United in the second half. However, after checking via VAR, the goal was disallowed after the referee judged Victor Lindelof to have committed a foul first.
This result is enough to bring MU to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team escaped with a 4-0 aggregate advantage.
The course of the match
Manchester United had the opportunity to open the scoring in the 11th minute. Eric Bailly handed the ball to Bruno Fernandes who then fired the first time shot. But the ball can still be anticipated by Remiro.
Penalty for Real Sociedad! The visitors got a penalty in the 12th minute following Daniel James’ foul on Andoni Gorosabel.
Mikel Oyarzabal stepped forward as executor. However, the Sociedad captain failed to convert the penalty into a goal. His shot towards the top left corner of the goal is still wide of the target.
Another chance for Sociedad shortly thereafter. Oyarzabal fired a horizontal cross in front of the goal. However, Victor Lindelof first cut the ball in front of Alexander Isak.
Anthony Martial’s shot in the 22nd minute has yet to produce a goal. Martial’s kick ball was pushed over by Remiro.
Bruno Fernandes almost found Sociedad’s goal in the 24th minute. Greenwood makes a pass to Fred who breaks the Sociedad defense. Fred then handed the ball to Fernandes who immediately grabbed the first time kick. Unfortunately for MU, Fernandes’ kick ball still hit the crossbar.
Remiro made another important rescue. This time he brushed off James’s header which continued Fernandes’ cross. Until the first half ended, no goals were scored.
MU got a free kick in front of the Sociedad penalty box at the start of the second half. Marcus Rashford stepped forward as executor. Remiro was wrong in anticipating the direction of the ball. Luckily for Sociedad, Rashford shot just wide of the net.
It is Sociedad’s turn whose chance is thwarted by the crossbar. MU failed to block Adnan Januzaj’s free kick and the ball was finally headed by Modibo Sagnan. Unfortunately for Sociedad, Sagnan’s header just hit the crossbar.
Greenwood tries to open a shot from outside the penalty box. But Remiro was still able to ward off the ball.
MU scored a goal in the 64th minute through Axel Tuanzebe’s header which continued from Alex Telles’ corner. However, after checking VAR, the referee annulled the goal because he considered Lindelof to have violated Bautista.
Martial’s shot from outside the penalty area in the 67th minute has yet to produce a goal. His shot from outside the penalty box still soars over the Sociedad crossbar.
Martin Merquelanz pulls a stab from the right and fires a shot at goal in the 85th minute. However, the ball was easily secured by Dean Henderson. It was also Sociedad’s first shot on target.
Lineups of Players
Manchester United: Henderson, Wan Bissaka (Williams 46′), Bailly, Lindelof, Alex Telles, Fred (Tuanzebe 46′), Matic, Greenwood (Shoretire 76′), Bruno Fernandes (Rashford 46′), James (Diallo 59′), Martial
Real Sociedad: Remiro, Gorosabel (Bautista 46 ‘), Zubeldia, Sagnan, Munoz, Zubimendi, Guevara (Guridi 72’), Merino, Januzaj (Merquelanz 66 ‘), Isak (Portu 46’), Oyarzabal (Barrenetxea 46 ‘)