Europa League – Manchester United beaten at Old Trafford by Real Sociedad (0-1)

Europa League – Manchester United beaten at Old Trafford by Real Sociedad (0-1)

Europa League – Manchester United beaten at Old Trafford by Real Sociedad (0-1)

First misstep for Manchester United. The renewed team of the Red Devils fell at home against Real Sociedad on a penalty awarded by the referee and transformed by Brais Mendez (0-1). Cristiano Ronaldo played the game in its entirety and could not find the fault, despite a goal disallowed for offside in the first period. The four-game winning streak ends tonight for Erik ten Hag’s men.

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It is a historic victory for which Real Sociedad arrived at Old Trafford. Never, in 18 European seasons, have the Basques won on English soil. Now that’s the way it is, and they can thank their summer rookie, Brais Mendez, who didn’t hesitate to deceive David de Gea (0-1, 58th) and, it must be admitted, a little bit the referee too.

Marco di Bello’s decision will not cause a sensation in England, which is going through a period of national mourning with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but it deserves more attention. As soon as he entered the game, Lisandro Martinez, heroic on the previous action by removing a ball promised to Alexander Sorloth, deflects a shot by David Silva with the thigh and, in rebound, with the arm. The referee reacted immediately, confirmed by the VAR, but the penalty seemed severe.

A minute of silence observed during Manchester United-Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.

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Antonio non-existent

Mancunians can only blame themselves. They are the only ones responsible for the first unexciting period they offered to their supporters, still stunned by the disappearance of the monarch to whom they paid homage by religiously respecting a minute of silence.

It took up to 35 minutes and a goal disallowed for offside to Ronaldo, in office for the first time since the defeat at Brentford, to bring the Old Trafford fans out of their stupor. He had nothing to squeeze in except Antony’s slow shot on goal, ghostly. The only one in 45 minutes.

Ten Hag launched its youngsters

Among the Red Devils, the danger most often came from Casemiro (77th, 90th + 1), a defensive midfielder. His team’s lack of momentum did not escape ten Hag, who had launched Bruno Fernandes on the break and his strongman of the moment, Jadon Sancho, with twenty minutes to go. Without reaction. The Dutch tactician has exhausted all his offensive arrows, even the youngest ones. Charlie McNeill, 19, played his first few minutes as a professional on Friday.

Meanwhile, the biancoazzurri scored and Takefusa Kubo then Mohamed-Ali Cho, the former Angevin, were closer to doubling (64th, 79th) than Manchester United to return to the field. No danger late, the other teams in Group E (Sheriff Tiraspol beat Omania Nicosia 3-0) are within reach of the English club. But MU starts with a disadvantage in its quest for first place.

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