The first leg will take place in San Sebastian on February 18th before the return leg takes place in Manchester on February 25th.
La Real qualified for the last 32 in dramatic style, earning a valuable point away at Napoli to sneak into the next stage of the competition ahead of third-placed AZ Alkmaar.
That’s not to say they were lucky, however. Far from it. Real Sociedad have earned renown as one of the best run and most stylish football clubs in the Iberian peninsula.
Real Sociedad: top of La Liga. A club with 16 youth academy graduates in their squad. Boss Imanol Aguacil coached their youth teams too. A special club, who have Manchester alumni David Silva and Adnan Januzaj too. And it's 'La Real', not 'Sociedad'.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) December 14, 2020
Real Sociedad have 16 youth academy graduates in their squad and are blessed with a coach, Imanol Alguacil, who coached their youth teams before earning the top job.
Oyarzabal is simply different class. Despite being just 23 the youth system product is Real Sociedad’s club captain and clear leader, scoring seven goals and contributing two assists so far this league season to earn himself top spot in the Pichichi race.
He’s destined to play for a Champions League club in the near future, whether La Real make it there with him or not, but the financial health of the club means that they’re in no rush to sell.
La Real have shown signs of struggling to balance their European and domestic commitments in recent weeks and will be undoubted outsiders when they face United.
But it’d be foolish to count them out.
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