Manchester United will have no reason to worry in tonight's match. In Turin, on a neutral field, the Red Devils practically secured the passage to the 1/8th finals of the second strongest competition on the Old Continent.
The rematch at Old Trafford (21.00), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team is waiting calmly as rarely against Spanish teams on the European stage. Real Sociedad was beaten (4: 0), the match in England should be a formality and an opportunity for the first-team players to rest, and the guys who are not in the first team to raise their self-confidence and form.
It will be a special evening for Marcus Rashford, who is celebrating the fifth anniversary of his debut in the Europa League, where he helped his team to destroy Danish Midtjylland with two goals. The guy from United's football academy already has 85 goals for the club on his account, the same number that David Beckham left behind.
"I remember that debut and the young guy who came on the field scored two nice goals, and celebrated them with his teammates. I think Marcus is living proof of what we want here at the club and a confirmation that United is capable of developing their talents, local guys."
"I think that the maturity he shows on and off the field suggests that he could last a very long time, like Cristiano Ronaldo. He has 10-15 years of top football ahead of him, "Solskjaer explained. Rashford was the scorer in the first match against Real Sociedad, which is playing tonight for an honorable farewell.
Everything else would be a sensation, not only because of the advantage but also because United was superior in Turin. Capital 4: 0 does not represent a real quality ratio, Sociedad has a strong attacking team, but they were a pale shadow of the Primera team.
They showed the dark side and were getting ready to pack their bags.
The team from Anoeta did not find a way to stop Bruno Fernandes, but if there can be any consolation -more powerful clubs did not either.
The Portuguese confirmed his class and shows his leadership whether he plays against Liverpool, Chelsea, Sociedad, or Newcastle. The Red Devils were better than Newcastle before the return match (3: 1), the match could not pass without Bruno's goal, and Real Sociedad vented their anger in the Pyrenees on Alaves (4: 0).
Swedish striker Alexander Isak scored a hat-trick. They would have been more satisfied at Anoeta if Isak had shown a part of the magnificent potential a few days earlier. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will not be able to count on Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Donnie van den Beek or Scott McTominay, but based on everything we saw a week ago in the north of Italy, that would not be a problem.
The Devils at Old Trafford have impressive statistics: They have not lost the previous 14 Europa League games at home (12 wins, two draws). The last defeat was by Marcelo Bielsa (3: 2) with his Bilbao in the 2011/2012 season.