Our prediction for this Europa League match:
There will be fireworks when Real Sociedad and Manchester United face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg at Allianz Stadium in Turin. The game will be played on a neutral location, and it is no wonder the bookies see Man Utd as favourites to win the first leg. Since Willian Jose left the club in the January transfer window, talented Swedish attacker Isak will lead the line for the hosts.
The likes of Moya, Sangalli, and Sola are all likely to miss the game with injuries, while experienced midfielder David Silva has overcome his injury. The Red Devils, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with WBA. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops are enjoying a very successful season, but seeing that the Norwegian tactician could opt to rest several first-team regulars in Thursday’s clash, share of spoils is on the cards. Paul Pogba should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Willian José):
Well-travelled Brazilian international Willian Jose was born in Porto Calvo and made his first football steps at a local Clube de Regatas. It was at the age of 17 that he was snapped by Gremio Barueri where he made 26 league appearances and scored six goal in his first – and only – senior season at the club.
In 2011, Willian Jose moved to Deportivo Maldonado but his five-year stint with the Uruguay outfit was marked by no less than seven different loan spells, one of which was to La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid. Standing at 186cm tall, Willian Jose is a notable presence in the box. This powerful centre forward will use his physicality to hold up ball and bring his teammates into play.
The Brazilian international did well to make a name for himself in Spain by playing for Zaragoza and Las Palmas, respectively, before he sealed a permanent move to Real Sociedad in 2016. A member of both FIFA U-20 World Cup and South American Youth Championship winning sides with Brazil in 2011, Willian Jose has not been given a chance to prove his worth at the senior level with Selecao.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles.
A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.