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Manchester United v Real Sociedad - LIVE!

The latest news and updates from the Champions League match at Old Trafford as the happen

By James Orr
by Jack de Menezes on Oct 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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  • FT: Manchester United 1 Real Sociedad 0
    Inigo Martinez scored own goal in the second minute

    10/23/2013 8:35:46 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League Group A encounter between Manchester United and Real Sociedad live from Old Trafford.
    10/23/2013 5:27:35 PM
  • 10/23/2013 5:32:33 PM
  • 10/23/2013 5:33:23 PM

  • Wayne Rooney will not be affected by anything Sir Alex Ferguson had to say in his book, says David Moyes:
    No, David Moyes had not read it. No, he had not been warned what would be in it. No, Wayne Rooney would not be affected by anything in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography. The sixth and presumably final book Ferguson has written about himself will cast a shadow in tonight’s Champions League fixture but only from the piles that will be available in the Old Trafford megastore.
    To read more from Tim Rich's match preview, CLICK HERE.
    10/23/2013 5:41:15 PM
  • Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela remembers his time in England fondly for some reasons:
    There were few opportunities to put those lessons into practice in north London, but as Carlos Vela prepares to face his one-time mentor in the Champions League on Wednesday, when his Real Sociedad side visit Manchester United, Van Persie’s  generosity is something the Mexican striker has not forgotten.
    To read more of Simon Hart's analysis of the Mexican, CLICK HERE.
    10/23/2013 5:43:02 PM
  • Real Sociedad's Chori Castro (L), Mexican striker Carlos Vela (C) and French striker Antoine Griezmann (R) got to grips with the Old Trafford pitch last night

    10/23/2013 5:47:07 PM
  • Some shocks in David Moyes' side for tonight's match, with Robin van Persie not included in the squad because of a groin injury, plus as Moyes reveals "two bad toes". Marouane Fellaini and England's possible new wing sensation Adnan Januzaj are on the bench, while the evergreen Ryan Giggs and super-sub Javier Hernandez makes rare starts. Big calls there from the gaffer.
    10/23/2013 6:35:39 PM
  • Those teams for you:
    Man United: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez. 
    Subs: Lindegaard, Buttner, Smalling, Fellaini, Nani, Young, Januzaj.

    10/23/2013 6:37:32 PM
  • Real Sociedad: Bravo, Carlos Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, Martinez, De la Bella, Vela, Zurutuza, Markel, Prieto, Griezmann, Seferovic. Subs: Zubikarai, Agirretxe, Pardo, Ansotegui, Castro, Cadamuro, Ros.
    10/23/2013 6:38:57 PM
  • FERGIE WATCH: The former manager has just been spotted entering Old Trafford, but has he brought his poison pen with him?
    10/23/2013 6:41:20 PM


  • 10/23/2013 6:42:48 PM
  • The groin injury may have have been enough for Van Persie to miss the match, but a toe injury, well it didn't stop David Haye.
    10/23/2013 6:43:59 PM


  • 10/23/2013 6:44:52 PM
  • The match is about to start, United may have been struggling in the league (especially at home), but a win tonight will put them on seven points in Group A, one step further to the knock-out stage.
    10/23/2013 6:46:53 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 1 Real Sociedad 0
    10/23/2013 6:48:02 PM
  • 2 mins: The game has barely got under way, and United already have their noses in front. Rooney cuts inside and fires a shot which hits the post, the ball then rebounds in the path of defender Inigo Martinez, who rather comically hits the ball into his own net. Was he trying to clear it? A bizarre, but priceless start for David Moyes.
    10/23/2013 6:50:34 PM
  • 5 mins: Buoyed by the early opener, it's all United at Old Trafford. Kagawa crosses in for Hernandez but he can't connect with the ball. He may have been nudged, but doesn't complain.
    10/23/2013 6:53:29 PM
  • 10 mins: Under pressure, or lack of match practice, Kagawa gives the ball away 30 yards out from goal but Sociedad can't capitalise. United go on the attack again, Gonzalez's high foot connects with Hernandez and they have a free-kick just outside the area, centre to goal....
    10/23/2013 6:57:37 PM
  • 11 mins: Rooney and Giggs stand over the ball like birds of prey, but the resulting free-kick comes to nothing.
    10/23/2013 6:58:43 PM
  • 13 mins: Rafael pings in a perfect cross from the right, Rooney has time to connect, but his left-footed volley is well saved by goalkeeper Bravo. The home side look rampant so far with all their domestic woes behind them.
    10/23/2013 7:01:45 PM
  • Nothing but harsh criticism for that wild own goal from Martinez. One must wonder what he was thinking?

    10/23/2013 7:03:15 PM
  • 18 mins: Valencia crosses, and with shades of that acrobatic wonder strike against Manchester City in 2011, Rooney goes for the overhead...but he shins it and it goes wide.
    10/23/2013 7:05:01 PM
  • 20 mins: DISALLOWED GOAL! A well-worked short corner from United gives Giggs the opportunity to dink the ball in to Hernandez, who nods it home with a diving header... but it is ruled offside. Replays show the decision was correct.
    10/23/2013 7:07:55 PM
  • That goal in all its glory, and one Martinez will aim to put in the back of his mind as soon as possible.

    10/23/2013 7:09:29 PM
  • Rooney and Hernandez can't believe their luck...

    10/23/2013 7:11:15 PM
  • 26 mins: United starting to pressure the full-backs, and gaining plenty of joy from the overlaps. A rather toothless performance from the Spaniards at present, it is no wonder they are rock bottom of Group A with 0 points.
    10/23/2013 7:15:02 PM
  • 29 mins: Or is it? The No 9 Seferovic is not closed down by Evans, takes a couple of nice touches and fires a shot from just outside the area... but it is palmed wide from De Gea. Great save.
    10/23/2013 7:16:59 PM



  • 10/23/2013 7:18:03 PM


  • 10/23/2013 7:19:08 PM
  • 33 mins: Kagawa concedes the foul for a free-kick in an inviting position for Sociedad. But good hands by De Gea again in between the sticks to hold on to the ball well. Beginning to look more menacing prospect this Sociedad side, maybe they were as shocked as we all were by that opening goal.
    10/23/2013 7:22:05 PM
  • 38 mins: As he does every season, Giggs, 40 next month, goes on a slalom of a run, skipping past a couple of challenges, including one shimmy similar to that one against Arsenal in 1999, but he is eventually taken down. The free-kick comes to nothing. 
    10/23/2013 7:25:58 PM
  • 42 mins: CLOSE! Sociedad are really getting into this one now, and from a free-kick 25 yards out, Griezmann strikes the ball with venom, akin to Bale or Ronaldo, but it hits the bar. De Gea was beaten. Rafael was booked for the foul which conceded the free-kick, and then Prieto was yellow carded for initially taking it quickly. It was the, sigh, fourth and fifth yellows of the game already. This referee, Mr B Nijhuis from the Netherlands, is certainly not the silent type.
    10/23/2013 7:32:58 PM
  • 45 mins: It's half-time at Old Trafford. For a match which started so brightly, albeit in bizarre circumstances for United, has ended with their La Liga opponents coming on strong. An intriguing second half awaits.
    10/23/2013 7:35:18 PM
  • Unless, somehow, you have missed the big news of the day, Ian Holloway has left his position as Blackpool manager, and Tony Pulis will be approached. CLICK HERE to read.
    10/23/2013 7:44:38 PM
  • 46 mins: The second half gets under way. Within 30 seconds, Griezmann gets into space past Evra and crosses in for Vela, but the former Arsenal man just misses the ball. The second period has started how the first one ended.
    10/23/2013 7:49:21 PM
  • Is Inigo Martinez still trying to work out what he did in the first two minutes?

    10/23/2013 7:50:24 PM
  • Elsewhere in Europe tonight, PSG lead at Anderlecht 4-0...

    10/23/2013 7:53:18 PM
  • 51 mins: Sociedad growing in confidence as the games carries on. After a spot of pinball in the area the ball falls to Griezmann but he can only tamely hit the ball across the goal. 
    10/23/2013 7:55:53 PM
  • 53 mins: CHANCE! From a corner at the other end, Jones' header is stopped by Bravo. United look like they need the second, and nearly got it there.
    10/23/2013 7:57:26 PM


  • 10/23/2013 7:58:44 PM
  • 58 mins: De la Bella crosses in from the left, and the ball curls in at goal. De Gea won't be caught out though, he parries it over. 
    10/23/2013 8:02:21 PM
  • Some half-time statistics while the game is so delicately poised.

    Possession: MU 57-43 SOC

    Total attempts: MU 9-10 SOC

    On target: MU 6-6 SOC

    Yellow cards: MU 2-3 SOC
    10/23/2013 8:04:35 PM
  • 63 mins: CHANCE! But it nearly was not poised at all. Rooney puts Valencia in on the right with a lovely pass, he leaves his marker De la Bella behind, hits a low and powerful shot across goal, it beats the 'keeper..but it doesn't beat the post.
    10/23/2013 8:06:28 PM
  • 66 mins: CHANCE! United nearly put their lead out of sight again, clever touch from Hernandez, Valencia has time and space on the right, he crosses to Kagawa...but he tries too much, taking a touch when he all he needed to do was take a shot. The ball is lost. Was that a spot of ring rust there from the Japanese playmaker?
    10/23/2013 8:10:34 PM
  • Tried too much there did Kagawa, he is beginning to get more and more influence on the game though..

    10/23/2013 8:12:33 PM
  • 70 mins: CHANCE! Route one from United. Valencia heads in on, and Rooney looks to put his laces through it, but the ball goes over the bar. This has been a vital last 10 minutes for United, they have clawed their way back into the game and are playing with the same vigour as they did in the first 30 minutes.
    10/23/2013 8:16:45 PM
  • If Moyes ever needs any more tactical nous..


    10/23/2013 8:18:36 PM
  • Another call for the big football story of the day, Holloway out/ Pulis in at Crystal Palace? CLICK HERE to read all about it.
    10/23/2013 8:20:43 PM
  • Dutch referee Bas Nijhuis is wearing yellow tonight, he gave out five cards of his seemingly favourite colour in the first half

    10/23/2013 8:24:22 PM
  • 83 mins: CHANCE! Rooney, who has looked exceptional tonight (no matter what it says in that book), turns and curls one in on goal, but Bravo saves, and holds. Then substitute Young surges down the left but fires his shot miles over.
    10/23/2013 8:28:14 PM
  • Erm...what match is Rio Ferdinand watching?

    10/23/2013 8:29:38 PM
  • 87 mins: CHANCE! Two more chances in quick succession, for Rooney and Young, but Bravo charges out of goal to stop Young,and then Rooney just can't connect from the cross with the game stretched. If it wasn't for him it really would be Bravo Two Zero.
    10/23/2013 8:32:08 PM
  • Earlier tonight, we saw disgraceful scenes in Moscow during Manchester City's 2-1 win, with Yaya Toure suffering racist abuse. City say they will submit an official complaint to Uefa. Here is what their captain, Vincent Kompany, had to say.

    10/23/2013 8:35:20 PM
  • FULL-TIME: Crucial victory for Moyes' United, who now go top of Group A with 7 points after Bayer Leverkusen thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 in the other match from the group. They couldn't quite kill the game off, but were dominant for the majority of the match. The bizarre, panicked own goal from Inigo Martinez was enough to give the home side one foot in the knock-out stages.
    10/23/2013 8:39:19 PM
  • Fergie's "greatest ever player" continues to hog the headlines...

    10/23/2013 8:40:59 PM
  • Here he is tonight, watching from the stands after his book launch yesterday. But in the post-match interview, Wayne Rooney said about his reported transfer request at the end of the season: "He [Ferguson] has got his own opinion. I've never said nothing about it. Thankfully he has come back and corrected the story I put a transfer request in [Ferguson had said it was a verbal request], he's gone back and proven that I didn't. I haven't seen him since he retired, I'm happy under the new staff. I'm happy playing my football, that's the past I'm looking forward to the future now."

    10/23/2013 8:43:37 PM
  • Moyes was full of plaudits for Rooney's performance: "He was absolutely terrific," the manager said. "We just want a top player like Wayne to play well, I've said from day one he was training great, was in shape, it is not just Manchester United that have seen that, England have as well. We need to see that all the time. That is what the supporters want, and I'm pleased they saw that tonight."
    10/23/2013 8:59:51 PM
  • So that concludes our coverage from this eventful Champions League double-header, both Manchester sides achieved vital wins in their quest to advance to the knock-out stages. We'll be back for all of the Premier League action on Saturday, starting with (potentially managerless) Crystal Palace v Arsenal. Goodnight.
    10/23/2013 9:16:14 PM
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