Manchester United vs. Real Sociedad: Final score 1-0 in a game that should have had more goals

Alex Livesey

Real Sociedad had plenty of chances to equalize against Manchester United, but the hosts had even more chances to extend their lead and deserved their win.

Manchester United made up for their previous misstep against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, downing Real Sociedad in a fun match that featured more chances than the scoreboard suggests. Neither team had its finishing boots on, and the Red Devils kept a clean sheet after La Real's second-minute own goal in a 1-0 win.

The own goal was scored by Iñigo Martinez, and it was a bad one. Wayne Rooney created the danger with a brilliant run through multiple defenders and a shot that struck the post, but it should have been cleared away for a corner without much of a problem. Instead, Martinez panicked and kicked the ball into his own net when he had plenty of time and space to compose himself to make a good clearance.

United stayed on top for the first half-hour of the match. Claudio Bravo had to make a stop on Rooney in the 15th minute and 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez had a goal disallowed for offsides in the 20th minute. Around the 30-minute mark, things started to turn La Real's way, though they never scored. David De Gea had to make a tough stop on a deflected shot by Haris Seferovic in the 30th minute and Antoine Griezmann narrowly missed scoring a stunning equalizer just before the end of the half, hitting the post on a free kick from 20 yards in the 44th minute.

Real Sociedad got off to a decent start in the second half and almost forced Jonny Evans into a Martinez-like own goal in the 50th minute. He made a mess of a clearance on a low cross by Griezmann in the 50th minute, but thankfully for the home fans, the ball went over the crossbar and out for a corner.

Antonio Valencia had United's best chance of the second half, hitting the post from just inside the box in the 63rd minute. United would have a number of other half-chances and were well on top for most of the second half, but never extended their lead. Thanks to Sociedad's poor shooting -- De Gea's 30th minute save was the only one made all match -- they didn't have to.

Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Evans, Jones, Rafael (Smalling 59'), Carrick, Rooney, Kagawa, Giggs, Valencia, Hernandez (Young 80')

Goals: I. Martinez (OG 2')

Real Sociedad: Bravo, Gonzalez, I. Martinez, de la Bella, C. Martinez, Larrañaga, Prieto (Pardo 68'), Zurutuza (Castro 75'), Griezmann, Vela, Seferovic (Agirretxe 75')

Goals: None

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