Coronavirus in the UK has caused major problems for clubs from England. Many European countries have introduced rigorous measures for passengers from England, so UEFA was forced to change the venues of certain matches in the Europa League.
For these reasons, Real Sociedad will not host Manchester United at Anoeta for the second time, but the first match of the sixteenth final of the Europa League will be played in Turin at the Juventus Stadium (18.55). The Champions League was tough Manchester United.
There were no places for the Red Devils in the knockout phase of the strongest competition on the Old Continent. And, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team is exclusively to blame for that, as they hesitated, wasted their chances, made bad mistakes, and were forced to take what they were given - a ticket to the Europa League.
The draw in Nyon followed, which paired the Red Devils with Real Sociedad, and in the first elimination round. It was a tough draw for both of the clubs. Again, those Spaniards for whom they can't find a winning formula.
They remember Sevilla very well at Old Trafford, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and they also remember Sociedad's angry rival - Athletic Bilbao. Too often, the Spaniards were fatal for the English giant, so no one at the Theater of Dreams rejoiced when Real Sociedad was drawn.
Turin will be the scene of a battle between two clubs that base much on academia, player production, and talent promotion. Real Sociedad cannot wrestle with more financially paying clubs, the salvation lies in the youth school, and it has produced as many as 16 first-team players of La Real.
The first name among equals is Mikel Oyarzabal. But the boy born in Eibar will not be a threat to the United defense. Alexander Isak and Porto will be the biggest support for Oyarzabal. Also, there is Adnan Januzaj, who just arrived at Anoeta from Manchester United.
On the other hand, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are the product of the United school, along with Bruno Fernandes, who is expected to use new magic and solve all problems, will be Solskjaer's main hopes. "There are several dilemmas - Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay - but they will travel with us.
Donnie van de Beek had to leave training on Wednesday, and Edinson Cavani will not travel, nor will Paul Pogba. That's it, like Phil Jones who is not in shape, "said Solskajer. The Norwegian expert is not overly enthusiastic after the draw, and the combination of new circumstances and the trip to Italy do not come at the right moment for the Red Devils.
Not only will Ole Gunnar Solskajer not be able to count on a few important first-teamers, but United is on a downward trajectory and need a good result to stop the car sliding towards the cliff. Just no one to pull the hand.
"I think Real Sociedad was one of the toughest teams we could draw. And the strange thing is that we are traveling to Italy to play against the Spanish team." "We are looking forward to the match. We want to rebuild the form.
We know that we haven't played properly in the last few games, we lacked a bit of magic to turn draws into victories. "