David Moyes is wary of the threat posed by Real Sociedad – though the Manchester United manager feels confident of gleaning a positive result from Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter at Old Trafford.
Last season, the Spaniards broke into La Liga’s top four to qualify for the European Cup play-offs, later recording a 4-0 aggregate win over Lyon to join United, Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen in Group A.
And although the Basque club have lost a couple of key players – including Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid – Moyes is not underestimating them and expects a tough match on Wednesday.
“I watched Sociedad a lot last year and was really impressed by how well they did,” the boss told reporters. “The loss of one or two players has made it harder for them this year and maybe the expectations have been much bigger. The games I've watched I've been impressed.
“They change their style with one defensive midfielder and sometimes two. They had a good result at Valencia on Saturday and we have to be mindful of what they can do. Old Trafford is a big place to come and play football but it's also an enjoyable place. We hope they don't enjoy it too much.”
The Reds head into the game with four points in the bag, having beaten Bayer Leverkusen and drawn at Shakhtar Donetsk. As a result, Moyes acknowledges his side are in a healthy position in Group A.
“It could have gone a little better if we'd taken all three points in Shakhtar, but it wasn't a bad point and we'll do everything we can to keep winning games. It's a great competition and we want to progress. It's important to try and win your home games and we'll try to do that against Sociedad.”
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