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October 24, 2013 5:45 AM EST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ B. Nijhuis‎
Attendance:‬ 74654‎
 
2′ (OG) Íñigo Martínez
 
Top of the Match
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa
Manchester United
Flop of the Match
Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
Real Sociedad
Íñigo Martínez
Íñigo Martínez
Real Sociedad

Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad: Tight win eases pressure on Moyes

The reigning Premier League champions had a first-half Inigo Martinez own goal to thank on Wednesday night, as victory over the San Sebastian outfit keeps them top of Group A

Wayne Rooney; Ryan Giggs Manchester United v Real Sociedad de Futbol UEFA Champions League 10232013
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Manchester United handed manager David Moyes a timely boost as they continued their unbeaten Champions League run with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

VIEW FROM OLD TRAFFORD
By Wayne Veysey
Manchester United maintained their ascendancy in group A following a performance that was more authoritative than the 1-0 scoreline suggests.

Wayne Rooney was once again at the fore with a bustling display but there were some nervous moments, with Real Sociedad twice hitting the woodwork. Nevertheless, United fully deserved their victory, and were majestic at times, which will ease some of the pressure on David Moyes.
United, eighth in the Premier League table, took the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances, as Inigo Martinez lashed the ball into his own net after a dazzling run and shot from Wayne Rooney had bounced back off the woodwork.

The Red Devils failed to extend their lead despite dominating possession, leading to a nervous second period, but held on to claim all three points and cement their place at the top of Group A.

Moyes opted to rest striker Robin van Persie due to niggling toe and groin complaints meaning Chicharito was handed an opprtunity in attack, while, for the visitors, experienced midfielder Xabi Prieto earned his first Real start for a month at the expense of Ruben Pardo.

The home side had failed to win in their last two appearances at Old Trafford, dropping points against West Brom and Southampton, but any tension around the ground was blown away early on when Martinez put through his own goal to launch a frantic opening period.

Patrice Evra tenaciously won possession on the left flank before Rooney bamboozled the away defence and unleashed a fierce strike against the upright. Martinez made the worst possible job of attempting to clear, instead diverting the ball home.

Rooney was at the heart of much of United's good work and he drew an excellent reaction save from Claudio Bravo when he met Rafael's 14th-minute cross

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La Real finally threatened as the half-hour mark approached, with David De Gea clawing Haris Seferovic's deflected effort away from the top corner, and the visitors came closer still just before half-time when Antoine Griezmann's 25-yard free kick cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

The visitors displayed plenty of intent after the break as the tension at Old Trafford began to ramp up; when a bout of penalty box pinball almost resulted in Jonny Evans putting through his own goal, it became clear that the momentum was shifting.

Phil Jones then powered an unmarked header towards goal from another well-worked short corner to draw a sharp stop from Bravo but, in an increasingly stretched contest, De Gea's crossbar came to his rescue again when Real full-back Alberto De la Bella skewed a left-wing cross just before the hour.

United then hit the woodwork themselves, as Antonio Valencia latched on to Rooney's delightful pass before drilling the ball against the base of the far post. Kagawa saw his follow-up blocked and the ex-Borussia Dortmund player was then denied by a last-ditch tackle from Carlos Martinez having errantly chosen not to strike first time.

Valencia returned the favour to Rooney moments later with a flick-on that his team-mate blasted over, before the England striker scuffed a late chance following a whipped delivery into the box. While United failed to add gloss to the scoreline, the result all but ends winless Real's qualification hopes.


Manchester United

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Rafael
Defender
27′ 59′
3.00
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
3.00
4
Phil Jones
Defender
3.00
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
3.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
3.50
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
3.00
25
Antonio Valencia
Midfielder
3.50
10
Wayne Rooney
Striker
4.00
14
3.00
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
34′
3.50

Real Sociedad

4.00
1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
6
3.00
24
3.50
5
Markel Bergara
Midfielder
39′
2.50
10
Xabi Prieto
Midfielder
42′ 68′
3.00
17
Zurutuza
Midfielder
75′
3.50
7
3.00
8
2.50
11

Substitutes

13
 - 
12
3.00
28
 - 
17
Nani
Midfielder
 - 
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
80′
 - 
25
 - 
44
Adnan Januzaj
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Zubikarai
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
19
Cadamuro
Defender
 - 
14
Rubén Pardo
Midfielder
68′
 - 
18
 - 
23
Javier Ros
Midfielder
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2