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23/10/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Hello, hello, hello. Welcome to the live blog of United's game against Real Sociedad.

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  2. United's first XI is as follows - De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Hernandez.

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  3. No Robin van Persie tonight. Moyes has just confirmed that he's still not fully recovered from niggles he picked up whilst on international duty.

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  4. The bench is - Lindegaard, Büttner, Smalling, Fellaini, Nani, Young, Januzaj

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  5. A little surprise that the two Belgians don't start tonight. Fellaini was quite poor at the weekend and it would be assumed that Moyes has gone with Giggs for his experience in this competition.

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  6. Real Sociedad team for tonight is - Bravo, Carlos Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, Martinez, De la Bella, Vela, Zurutuza, Markel, Prieto, Griezmann, Seferovic

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  7. Ex-Arsenal man Carlos Vela will probably be the main man for the Basque club. He's averaged a goal every two games so far this season.

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  8. A little under 15 minutes until kick-off. Souness currently talking about the senior players in the squad not stepping up to the plate this season.

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  9. Looks like a nice attacking team tonight. Which is probably just as well because we haven't kept a clean sheet in our last nine Champions League games and will probably need more than a single goal to win tonight.

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  10. We've looked okay in Europe this season so far. A little rocky at the back but going forward we've looked pretty darn good, particularly in our last group game at Old Trafford against Bayer Leverkusen.

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  11. Pre-match anthem and handshakes done. Kick-off imminent.

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  12. And off we go.

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  13. GOAL! United 1-0

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  14. Just as the clock ticks over a minute, Wayne Rooney does wonderfully well to fashion a shot that smashes off the post and hits the unfortunate Iñigo Martinez on the rebound and goes in.

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  15. Great start by United. Much more urgency in our play than has been in evident in our last two home games in the league.

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  16. United break forward down the left and Kagawa's ball is knocked across to Chicharito who seems to stumble in the area and the ball flies past him. Chicharito half-heartedly asking for a penalty but there doesn't seem much in it.

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  17. Real Sociedad begin to put a little pressure on United's defence. They win a corner but waste it completely and the ball is back with United.

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  18. Sociedad defence is all over the place. Chicharito gets a whack in the face on the outside of the penalty area and Rooney is now preparing to take the free kick from around 20 yards out.

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  19. ...but it hits the wall and Sociedad clear.

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  20. United seem eager to get another goal before the Sociedad defence regroups and sorts itself out. Taking advantage of the current situation of their defence will be key here.

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  21. A great ball from Rafael finds Rooney but his shot from 10 yards out is saved well.

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  22. Not much happening right now. Rooney attempted a bicycle kick that was way off target about two minutes ago. United now have a corner.

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  23. Disallowed goal for Hernandez. Great play by Ryan Giggs who dances through the Sociedad defence and his ball finds Hernandez who converts with his head but he is judged, rightly, offside.

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  24. Carlos Vela gets a booking for a late challenge on Phil Jones. Bit harsh, that.

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  25. Referee a little card-happy here. Rafael has just received a booking for...erm...not much.

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  26. Not an awful lot happening here. Jones and Evans have looked pretty impressive at the back. I do like both of them a lot.

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  27. Another booking. This time for Shinji Kagawa. Again, a little harsh. Could see a red card tonight, guys.

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  28. Real Sociedad have settled at the back now and United not getting as many chances to get into their penalty area. Evra is down at the moment after falling awkwardly.

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  29. The Sociedad fans are furious after their players had kicked the ball out for Evra's injury quite close to United's box but when United give them the ball back they force it all the way back to their keeper.

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  30. Giggs breaks well from midfield and is fouled by Bergara. And guess what? Bergara is booked.

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  31. Griezmann smashes a free-kick off the crossbar. Great strike from the Frenchman. De Gea no chance.

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  32. Just before the free-kick was taken, Xabi Prieto tried a quick one and was booked by the referee. Again, a little harsh.

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  33. HALF-TIME. 1-0 United.

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  34. Great start to the game for United but the job is far from done here. Could have done with another goal while the Sociedad defence was still all at sea.

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  35. Giggs, Kagawa and Valencia have all looked pretty impressive going forward. As much as I love Giggs, it is a bit of a bummer to see him become our most effective centre midfielder at attacking despite turning 40 next month.

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  36. Second half begins. Sociedad have an early flurry forward but United deal with it.

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  37. Well, United could have had a penalty there. Valencia brought down in the box. Gary Neville says no penalty. I've certainly seen penalties given for less.

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  38. Sociedad really pressing. United's defence in panic and eventually Evans' clearance is miscued and flies just wide of De Gea's goal. Subsequent corner from the Basque side is wasted.

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  39. United now breaking. Evra's cross is diverted wide by Martinez and United have a corner. Which is played short and Kagawa's cross is headed by Jones at the back post and the keeper manages to keep it out from point blank range.

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  40. Chris Smalling appearing to be getting ready to come on. A little concerned that this game might be going the way of Saturday's match.

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  41. Looks like Smalling might be coming on for Rafael, who is in real danger of getting a second yellow.

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  42. Sociedad hit the crossbar yet again after some good work down their left. Rafael is indeed coming off for Smalling.

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  43. Valencia has a stinging strike saved by Bravo in the Sociedad goal.

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  44. Fantastic play by Kagawa leads to Rooney having a half chance with a shot from just over 20 yards out. Still 1-0. Just past the hour mark.

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  45. Off the post from Valencia! He breaks down the right and strikes across the keeper and hits the post. The rebound falls to Kagawa but he doesn't have the time to sort his feet out and Sociedad clear.

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  46. Great chance for Kagawa. The ball falls to him on the edge of the six-yard box but instead of hitting it first time, he ends up attempting to control it and Carlos Martinez manages to block any attempt at a shot.

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  47. Kagawa perhaps just lacking a bit of confidence at the moment. I know I'm not the only one who is a huge fan of his and I'd like to think a regularly-starting, fit Shinji scores that.

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  48. Not much happening in the last five minutes. But Ashley Young's arrival is imminent. Cue meltdown in 5, 4, 3...

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  49. Giggs fouls Griezmann on the edge of the box. No booking, surprisingly.

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  50. The Sociedad free-kick isn't that far away either. Young is coming on for Chicharito.

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  51. Looks like Kagawa is moving inside to play off Rooney. This should be interesting.

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  52. And the Kagawa-Rooney axis breaks well down the right with Rooney's ball across to Young not having quite enough on it to reach him. Bravo off his line pretty quickly.

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  53. Kagawa and Giggs do brilliantly well to get the ball across to Rooney but he fluffs his lines from eight yards out. Still 1-0.

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  54. Kagawa, Giggs and Rooney have had some fabulous link up play tonight. Kagawa again linking well with Rooney and it results in Kagawa hitting a shot against the side netting.

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  55. Halfway through the three minutes off added time. United attempt to keep the ball but Rooney's wayward pass gives Sociedad a chance to break. A chance they waste.

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  56. FULL TIME. United 1-0 Real Sociedad.

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  57. A very good performance tonight. A little disconcerting that we didn't completely kill the game but United's forward play, particularly that of Kagawa and Giggs, was fantastic at times.

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  58. Bayer Leverkusen have beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 tonight. That means that United top the group by a point ahead of the Germans and are now three points clear of the Ukranians. A win in San Sebastian will mean a point is all that is needed from either of our final two games in order to qualify for the knockout stages.

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  59. And with that, I bid you all farewell. Hope you enjoyed the United performance tonight. A few ups and downs but we looked very good at times, which hopefully bodes well for the future. Thanks for reading!

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