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')