‘For me, there is only one big club, which is ours’: Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil takes cheeky swipe at Manchester United before Europa League clash and says his team will ‘go for it’ against Erik ten Hag’s side
- Manchester United host Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday night
- The Spanish club have never won against English opposition in Europe
- But their manager Imanol Alguacil has started a war of words with United
- Alguacil insists his team will not sit back and defend on their visit to Old Trafford
Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil has started a war of words with Manchester United ahead of the two clubs’ Europa League clash.
The Spanish side travel to Old Trafford tonight for the first game of the group stage, having never won against English opposition in Europe.
Alguacil, who has been in charge of Sociedad since 2018, made a cheeky jibe against United in his pre-match press conference by stating: ‘For me, there is only one big club, which is ours.’
Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil has taken a cheeky swipe at Manchester United
Sociedad finished sixth in LaLiga last season and have won two of their four games so far in the new campaign.
This is their third consecutive season in the Europa League, but they have never made it further than the round of 32.
Nonetheless, Alguacil insists his team will not sit back against United and are keen to make the most of their meeting with Erik ten Hag’s side.
‘We want to show who we are, rely on our personality,’ the Spaniard said. ‘We want to go at our opponent. The thing is that the opponent also likes to do the same.’
Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva could feature for Sociedad at Old Trafford
Alguacil insists his team will not sit back and defend against Erik ten Hag’s side this evening
‘I would not like to draw being shut inside the box, I would prefer to lose and with a team that goes for it. There is no other way – we have to be brave all of the time. If not, there are very slim chances of winning at a stadium like this one.’
Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva could feature for Sociedad, while Casemiro is in line for his first start in a United shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire could also be handed opportunities after starting on the bench in the last four league matches.
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