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Real Sociedad 0-0 Manchester United

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Robin van Persie

Manchester United remain top of their Champions League group, although Robin van Persie's missed penalty denied them an away victory against Real Sociedad.

After a poor first half, Javier Hernandez smashed over from six yards.

United improved after Van Persie came on and the Dutchman hit the post from Ashley Young's cross before striking the same upright from the spot.

Marouane Fellaini was then sent off late on as Real earned their first point in this season's competition.

United's Belgium midfielder received his second yellow card for a foul on David Zurutuza, having also been perhaps harshly booked in the first half for a challenge on Markel Bergara.

And it ended a frustrating night for United, who still have games against Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk to come.

Having beaten their opponents by an Inigo Martinez own-goal in the previous fixture between the two teams a fortnight ago and Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen also sharing a stalemate, David Moyes's side may yet rue this missed opportunity in their bid to reach the last 16.

They still remain top of the group, a point ahead of Leverkusen, and if they beat the German side in their next game on 27 November, United will progress.

Questions will be raised about the penalty as Young appeared to go to ground easily after a tug by Bergara right in front of referee Nicola Rizzoli, but the visitors had only themselves to blame after only clicking into gear in the final 30 minutes of the match.

That coincided with the introduction of Van Persie and Young after the hour mark, allowing Shinji Kagawa to move more centrally.

The Japanese international came closest to scoring in the first half as he fired wide from the edge of the box and had another effort saved by Real goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

But although most of United's attacks came down their left, they were let down by carelessness in possession and as the half continued the hosts came back into the game.

Alberto de la Bella caused David De Gea a worry with a shot from 25 yards but that profligacy was nothing in comparison to Hernandez's miss after 50 minutes.

He somehow managed to scoop over from six yards following Kagawa's cross from the left, although it looked like the ball might have bobbled.

Van Persie and Young then came on to replace Hernandez and a quiet Wayne Rooney, and the duo transformed the game. Within a minute of the changes, Kagawa found Young, whose cross was smacked against the post by the Dutchman.

Van Persie, who is United's top scorer this season, then struck the same part of the goal from his penalty.

United almost paid for that as former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela nearly chested in Xabi Prieto's shot following a corner and when Fellaini was sent off in the 90th minute it soured a night where, at least, United took a point back to Manchester.

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Real Sociedad

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bravo
  • 2Martínez
  • 24De la Bella
  • 5BergaraBooked at 69mins
  • 3González
  • 6Martínez Berridi
  • 14Pardo GutiérrezSubstituted forPrieto Argarateat 72'minutes
  • 17Zurutuza
  • 9AgirretxeSubstituted forCastroat 63'minutes
  • 11Vela
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forSeferovicat 79'minutes


  • 4Elustondo
  • 8Seferovic
  • 10Prieto Argarate
  • 13Zubikarai
  • 15Ansotegi
  • 18Castro
  • 19Cadamuro

Man Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1De Gea
  • 12Smalling
  • 3EvraBooked at 51mins
  • 31FellainiBooked at 90mins
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 15Vidic
  • 25A Valencia
  • 11Giggs
  • 14HernándezSubstituted forYoungat 63'minutes
  • 10RooneySubstituted forvan Persieat 63'minutes
  • 26KagawaSubstituted forJonesat 90+1'minutes


  • 4Jones
  • 8Oliveira
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 17Almeida da Cunha
  • 18Young
  • 20van Persie
  • 28Büttner
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Sociedad 0, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 0, Manchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xabi Prieto.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xabi Prieto following a fast break.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Shinji Kagawa.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

  10. Post update

    Markel Bergara (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

  12. Post update

    Mikel González (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gonzalo Castro with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Mikel González.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Haris Seferovic replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

  20. Post update

    Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.