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21/10/2013 21:20, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Real Sociedad

Date, time and coverage: Wednesday 23 October, 19:45 GMT. Live TV coverage in the UK on Sky Sports 2/2HD. Follow the action live via ManUtd.com's rolling blog and MUTV Online's radio commentary.

Form guide: After conceding a late equaliser to Southampton on Saturday, United are seeking a morale boost as well as three points to consolidate a solid start in Champions League Group A. The Reds have already beaten Bayer Leverkusen at home and earned a hard-fought draw away to Shaktar Donetsk; meanwhile Real Sociedad are without a point after losing their matches to those same teams. However, they were victorious at the weekend, for the first time in eight games, when they beat Valencia 2-1 away.

Ins and outs: Nemanja Vidic missed the Southampton draw with a calf injury picked up in training last week, but David Moyes is hopeful that the skipper - who turned 32 on Monday - will be fit in time to face Sociedad. The visitors' captain Xabi Prieto returned after a month-long lay off with a thigh injury in the win over Valencia. Esteban Granero, on loan from QPR, will miss most of the season after the midfielder picked up a serious knee ligament injury.

Betting: Our betting partners bwin have United as firm favourites at 1.45, while Sociedad are 6.50 while the draw is 4.33. How about a flutter on Adnan Januzaj making his Champions League debut and scoring first in a 2-1 win for the Reds at a tasty 29.00? 

Last meeting: United have never faced Real Sociedad before.

The manager: Jagoba Arrasate moved up from the post of assistant coach last summer when Philippe Montanier left for Rennes having guided the club back into the Champions League for the first time in a decade. Former United defender Laurent Blanc was linked with the post, but Arrasate got the nod. As

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