A Goalless Draw Takes United To Europa League Last 16
Manchester United had to contend with a goalless draw against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday. But it couldn’t prevent the Man U team from progressing to the Europa League round of 16.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s knew that his team would reach the next level as they were leading 4-0 from the first leg of the league. Also, he was confident of the players like Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial.
Real Sociedad missed the first goal opportunity in the 13th minute when they were awarded with a penalty kick for a clumsy challenge from Daniel James of the United. But captain Mikel Oyarzabal sent the ball too wide of the goal.
It was United’s turn to score a goal on the 24th minute when Bruno Fernandes spotted the Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro off his line and tried to send the ball into the net but the shot was crushed at the crossbar.
In 36th minute, Remiro provided James an opportunity to score a goal when he saved a lofted from Fernandes but James failed with his headed effort.
Man U got another opportunity to score a goal in 63rd minute when a firm headed goal by their substitute Axel Tuanzebe was ruled out of VAR. It resulted from Victor Lindelof had fouling Job Bautista.
Manchester United introduced Shola Shoretire
The Red Devils launched their youngest player, Shola, in the 76th minute. At 17, Shola is the youngest player of United to play in a European game. Solskjaer said that Shola had got some skills and attributes and that he could become a good player.