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UEFA Youth League, Group A
Zubieta Training Ground, 2pm GMT

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04/11/2013 12:00, Report by Adam Marshall

U19s set for crucial test

Manchester United Under-19s will be without suspended midfielder Ben Pearson for the UEFA Youth League tie against Real Sociedad.

Coach Nicky Butt has set his side a taxing target of winning the remaining three Group A fixtures in order to qualify for the knockout stages but Sociedad, sitting top of the league with a 100 per cent record, are certain to be difficult opponents.

The Basque outfit caught the eye in their 1-0 triumph at the AJ Bell Stadium last time out when Pearson was dismissed in the closing stages for two yellow cards within a matter of seconds. However, Butt has been impressed with his youngsters in training and wants them to transfer that form to the pitch.

"We've got some good players in our team as well and I want us to not go into the changing room thinking we could have done better," Butt explained recently to ManUtd.com.

The previous excursion to foreign fields resulted in a 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk when some tough lessons were learned about playing away in Europe. The U19s deserved much more from the game and will be out to surprise a few people in San Sebastian.

"A draw, on paper, was a good result in Ukraine but I felt, when we got our goal through James Wilson, that there was only one team who could have won it," added Butt. "But you try and go for it and teach young players the right thing to do in football and that's to win matches. That's the Manchester United way and always has been.

"We came unstuck on that occasion but it's ingrained in this club to win matches and even more so when you are on top. If we were under the cosh, I'd maybe have made a few changes and gone home with a 1-1 draw but we were so much on top at that point, you felt we would go on to win it."

Match reports: United 0 Sociedad 1United 4 Bayer Leverkusen 3