Real Sociedad 0 Man United 0
Real Sociedad 0 Manchester United 0, Anoeta Stadium, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, November 5, 2013. Manchester United managed a goalless draw against Primera Division team Real Socidead in San Sebastian in the Basque Country. And although no goals were scored in the game, the meeting nevertheless produced plenty of action and drama.
Following a relatively comfortable 3-1 Premier League victory against relegation candidates Fulham at Craven Cottage, Manchester United returned to cup competition with a crucial Champions League Group Stage match against Basque club Real Socidead. In the reverse meeting two weeks earlier, United had edged out La Real by 1-0 at their Old Trafford home through an early own goal from central defender Inigo Martinez in the second minute of proceedings, and David Moyes´s men were slight favourites to win the return fixture in San Sebastian. Manchester United, who were without key players Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva, came close to taking the lead already in the tenth minute of the clash at the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, but Japanese midfield combatant Shinji Kagawa powered his effort wide from the edge of the eighteen-yard area. The Premier League outfit then had another great scoring opportunity when Mexican international Javier Hernandez missed an open goal after five minutes of play in the second half.
In the 64th minute of the contest, Moyes opted for a double replacement as he sent on Robin van Persie and Ashley Young for Hernandez and Wayne Rooney respectively. And only one minute later, Van Persie almost put Manchester United ahead when his powerful shot from close range crashed against the goal post. Then, in the 70th minute of action, Young was fouled inside the area by defensive midfielder Markel Bergara, but fellow substitute Van Persie failed to convert the subsequent penalty kick. To top it all, Manchester United were reduced to ten men during the closing stages when Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini was given his second yellow card by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli. Manchester United remained top of Champions League Group A, however, with eight points gained from four games played, one point ahead of German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Real Sociedad Team: Claudio Bravo, Carlos Martinez, Alberto De La Bella, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, Markel, Ruben, David Zurutuza, Antoine Griezmann, Imanol Agirretxe, Carlos Vela. Substitutes: Enaut Zubikarai, Jon Ansotegi, Gonzalo Castro, Gorka Elustondo, Xabi Prieto, Haris Seferovic. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Alexander Buttner, Anderson, Nani, Robin van Persie.