Jagoba Arrasate has outlined Real Sociedad’s determination that, should they get things right on the night, they are capable of upsetting Manchester United.
La Real play host to the English side on Tuesday evening still without a point in Group A of the Champions League, but with their tactician still optimistic.
“If we do things right and get close to our game plan we can win,” Arrasate has told reporters in the run-up to the game.
“This is the only thing on our minds. United have qualification in their sights and are playing away from home so we don't know how they'll approach the game.
“We have to try to play our normal game and take the initiative – if we can get close to doing what we want and do our jobs well, as we have been doing, I think we can get the better of United.
“We've improved our League form – we've got more points and more goals now, so in that sense we are more confident.
“But I don't know if it's enough to close the gap with United that we saw at Old Trafford. United were superior in England although I think we can do things better.”
United arrive at Anoeta after an indifferent start to life after Sir Alex Ferguson.
“They are the reigning champions of England, they have great players.
“I don't know if people are less respectful than they were or if they've been more ambitious against them because Sir Alex is no longer there but we know they're a very tough opponent.
“We respect them and we're really excited about trying to put in a good performance and beat them.”