United is a heavy favorite to follow through with a win at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Sportsbooks have them in and around the -200 area.
A Real Sociedad victory is priced out in the +550 to +625 range, leaving value out there for the taking if you use multiple soccer betting sites.
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David Moyes would have been hoping his squad, filled with international players, would be raring to go again after the break, and things were looking up when Robin Van Persie put the Red Devils up 1-0 in the first half against Southampton.
However, the Saints didn't back down and were able to peg back a goal to finish with a well-deserved draw in Manchester. In all, Southampton actually had more total shots (18 to 12), shots on goal (seven to five), and possession (54 percent to 46).
Not Exactly What Moyes Had in Mind
The Red Devils get a chance to get right back into a winning state of mind when they play host to Real Sociedad in a Champions League tie. So far, United has beaten Bayer Leverkusen (4-2) and tied Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1) in the group stages.
With Van Persie's form improving and Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj making a lot of things happen, the Red Devils will be liking their chances of getting another three points in the group.
Overall, it's been a troubling season domestically for the Spanish side. They currently rank ninth in La Liga with only 10 points through nine fixtures.
Clearly this is a team that's having a hard time handling the demands of a full domestic schedule alongside playing in Europe. The Spaniards have opened with two losses in the group, losing to Shakhtar Donetsk (2-0) at home and to Bayer Leverkusen (2-1) away.
However, Sociedad returned from the break and notched an impressive 2-1 away win over Valencia over the weekend.
Antoine Griezmann and Ruben Pardo were the goalscorers in a game where the Spaniards certainly made the most of their limited chances. It was Real Sociedad's first league win since their opening match of the campaign.
Now the level of competition raises to an even higher level, with a wounded United outfit, trying to re-gain some pride, ready and waiting. Jagoba Arrasate's men will need a masterclass showing to get even a point out of this trip.
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Champions League Pick
As poor as United has been at times, we find it hard to believe they won't win this match in rather straightforward fashion.
European nights are always special and the Red Devils faithful will be cheering on their beloved team to full end, regardless of how lackluster the overall form of the side has been in 2013.
Moyes may not be getting the best out of his players right now, but he's still got one heck of a talented squad of talent to choose from. And while Real Sociedad has some dangerous players to look out for like Griezmann and Carlos Vela, the visitors just won't have the firepower to stay competitive with the British giants for the full 90 minutes.
Back United to win rather comfortably at Old Trafford to keep their undefeated group stages record intact.
Free Pick: Manchester United 3 Real Sociedad 1