Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad – Europa League, February 25, 2021

| February 23, 2021 8:24 am PDT

After crushing Real Sociedad 4-0 in the first leg, it’s safe to say that Manchester United already has one foot in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16.

The two sides meet for the second leg of their Round of 32 tie on Thursday, February 25, with the Spaniards hoping to overturn a mammoth first-leg deficit.

Planning to wager on Thursday’s Europa League game? If so, make sure you check out my Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad prediction and betting pick below.

Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad Odds

Manchester United to Win1.90
The Draw3.60
Real Sociedad to Win3.70

Unsurprisingly, 10bet sees Man Utd (1.90) as the favorite to win on Thursday. But the price for the home win is probably higher than most people expected it to be.

Real Sociedad (3.70) has a mountain to climb in order to reach the next phase of the competition, yet Imanol’s men could quite easily upset the odds at Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad Preview

A Bruno Fernandes brace set the Red Devils on their way to a resounding victory over Sociedad last week, before second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James completed a dominating 4-0 rout at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men only saw 40% possession in the first leg, yet they still managed to register ten shots on target. In fact, they should have scored more goals.

Following draws against Everton and West Brom, Man Utd returned to winning ways in the EPL with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Sunday. Interestingly, Fernandes, Rashford, and James all got on the scoresheet for the second game running.

Having racked up 22 goals and 13 assists in 37 appearances this term, Fernandes is arguably THE in-form player in European soccer right now.

Man Utd remains second in the Premier League table, although Manchester City is ten points ahead at the summit. It is also worth pointing out that Solskjaer’s men are currently the top scorers in the EPL.

Despite dominating possession in the first leg, Sociedad failed to make the most of their chances. Imanol’s men only managed to record two shots on target last week, giving Man Utd multiple opportunities along the way.

By contrast, everything seems to be going right for the Basque outfit on home soil. La Real has won each of their previous three La Liga matches, scoring a whopping nine goals in the process.

After thrashing Cadiz 4-1, Sociedad beat Getafe 1-0. Last time out, Alexander Isak netted a hat-trick as Imanol’s side crushed Alaves 4-0 on Sunday.

Remarkably, Isak has scored in each of Sociedad’s last six La Liga outings, racking up a total of nine goals in that time. However, the Swedish forward has failed to score in any of his seven Europa League games this term.

If Sociedad is to mount an unlikely comeback, Isak must bring his shooting boots to England.

Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.60

There is a chance that Manchester United could become complacent during the second leg. After all, Solskjaer’s men have already done the hard work, meaning they don’t have to do anything special at Old Trafford.

On the flip side, Sociedad needs to score four goals just to force extra-time – so the onus is on the away side to attack. With that in mind, I can see the second leg ending in a draw.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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