Manchester United lose to Real Sociedad in their first match of the Europa League. The La Liga side won the game through a controversial penalty.
Lisandro Martinez was penalized for the handball. Hence, the Red Devils lost their first European match under Erik Ten Hag.
MANCHESTER UNITED AGAINST REAL SOCIEDAD FULL MATCH REPORT STORY
Manchester United lost to Real Sociedad in their first match of the Europa League. The Red Devils failed to create opportunities in the game. Erik Ten Hag also described the lack of opportunities as one of the reasons for losing. He also pointed out Antony as United’s missing link. The Brazilian forward scored on his debut against Arsenal in the Premier League.
However, he struggled to make an impact during a disjointed Manchester United performance. Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro were also given chances to start. However, neither player could spark any kind of attack. Real Sociedad clinched the victory after a penalty goal in the 59th minute. Brais Mendez stroked the spot-kick past David De Gea. Manchester United lost for the third time under Erik Ten Hag.
ARSENAL SURVIVE A SCARE AGAINST FC ZURICH IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE
Arsenal survived a major scare against FC Zurich in the Europa League. Marquinhos scored on his Arsenal debut. However, Zurich equalized just before half-time. Although, Nketiah scored the winning goal by heading in a cross from Marquinhos. The Premier League leaders recovered from their first league defeat against Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping that Arsenal play in the final of the Europa League. Despite having injury concerns, the Gunners managed to win the match. This clearly shows their depth in the squad this season. Their squad depth was tested as Arsenal were without the likes of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny. Hence, Arsenal should be very happy with the win considering the circumstances.
Elsewhere in the Europa League, PSV drew with Bodo/Glimt, and Lazio beat Feyenoord 4-2 thanks to Matias Vecino’s double. Hence, Manchester United will have to win games as Europa Lague will bring scares and unexpected results.