(Manchester United – Real Sociedad 0-1) Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United didn’t have much to respond after Alexander Sorloth’s teammate Bryce Mendes scored from the penalty spot.
In Spanish media such as Marca, AS, Mundo Deportivo and Diario Vasco, Real Sociedad’s victory in the opening match of the Europa League group stage is referred to as a “historic victory”, “enormous” and “unforgettable”. Up front, United were the favorites after four straight wins in the Premier League.
After more than 60 minutes, David Silva of Real Sociedad player hit from 13-14 meters. The ball hit Lisandro Martinez’s thigh and then hit the arm coming out of the side. The referee rules his hands even if the ball came from part of his body first. The video judges found no reason to change the decision.
Manchester United boss Eric Ten Hag was clearly unhappy.
Bryce Mendes’ penalty kick was a stroke and went behind David de Gea who went right, but didn’t make it to the bottom right corner.
Viaplay expert and Lillestrøm player André Helland did not understand the decision.
– In my opinion, it’s not a punishment at all, says Hyland.
The penalty decision was ridiculous, but it should not overshadow a poor and unstable game by United. Some of the outlandish decisions by Ten Hag: Fred in the top ten and Eriksen’s exit in the break were as confusing as the VAR who upheld the penalty decision, Manchester Evening News commentator Samuel Lockhurst wrote on Twitter.
Alexander Sorloth entered the front row of visitors in the first half. Nine minutes later, he had a good chance after winning the air fencing against Martinez, but I saw him go too far. The coach praised the Norwegian after a strong start.
– I knew that Sørloth would give us a lot, change the system, and that we could adapt better to Alex, says Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil according to AS.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the chance right from the start having been off the bench in the last four Premier League games United have won. He headed a ball into the goal without the Old Trafford fans being able to cheer much. The Portuguese were, in fact, an offside. The red shirts dominated most of the first half led by good Christian Eriksen, but the clear chances did not materialize.
After Real Sociedad’s goal, Bruno Fernandes gave Casemiro a chance to score in his first game for United from the start. The big signing attempt rebounded on Alex Remiro’s goal.
Ronaldo hit a shot inside the penalty area five minutes before the end. Shortly thereafter, Ronaldo requested a penalty when Martin Zubimende put an arm around him, but the referee waved the Portuguese.
Ronaldo also missed a free kick at the dream site. Otherwise, the Ten Hague’s men didn’t have much to gain in the last minutes.
In the second group match, Sherif defeated Omonia Nicosia 3-0.
Before kick-off on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain passed away. A minute’s silence was observed with the players in mourning bandages and flags were raised at half mast at Old Trafford. Can affect the death of the queen This week’s Premier League tour.
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