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Alejandro Garnacho scores in the 17th minute and becomes Manchester United’s youngest ever foreign goal scorer in European competition to give his side a 1-0 win.

The 18-year-old Argentinian international was a spark on the left flank for United all game. After Ronaldo received the ball in the center of the park, he played Garnacho in, whose second touch set him up for a beautiful finish into the far top corner.

Sociedad dominated the game early, but United settled in well as the half went on. Shaw and Eriksen built from the back impressively, with the latter often dropping deep to receive the ball and help buildup.

The home side’s best to equalize came in the 43rd minute. Gorosabel took one on the half-volley, but De Gea parried it well. On the rebound, Marin pinged one right into De Gea’s face. Double save.

The second half did not live up to the excitement of the first. Neither team had such clear cut chances. Sociedad enjoyed a lot of the ball in the latter stages of this second half, and Maguire even played as a 9 to no avail.

United now must play a two-legged play-in fixture to solidify their place in the Europa League Round of 16.

SEO Summaries

  • 18-year-old Garnacho becomes United’s youngest ever foreign goal scorer in European competition  
  • United win in San Sebastian but falls to second in Group E   
  • United to play a two-legged qualifier match to reach Round of 16 

Questions for the managers

For Ten Hag: ● How long have you been keeping Maguire as a 9 in your back pocket?  

                     ● How much of the gameplan was built around getting Garnacho in space on that left side? 

                     ● How pleased are you with Ronaldo’s performance tonight? 

For Alguacil: ● What is the mood in the dressing room after a professional, team performance?  

● Looking ahead, what kind of confidence will these group stage results give you for the Round of 16?

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May 2024