Manchester United Champions League report: Shakhtar do what United couldn’t; Sociedad draw again

We continue our weekly reports detailing United's Champions League opponents group stage results and form.

Every week we will take a look at how the club’s in United’s Champions League group have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.

Shakhtar Donetsk:

The Ukrainian champions did what United could not manage on Saturday, scoring a late equaliser to draw 2-2 away to local rivals Metalurh Donetsk.

The home side went 2-0 up through an own goal from Shakhtar defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy and Junior Moraes. But Alex Teixeira halved the deficit just three minutes later, before Eduardo Da Silva netted an 82nd-minute equaliser.

The result means Shakhtar are currently third – three points off the lead.

Real Sociedad:

The Spanish side may have managed to score a goal after consecutive 0-0 draws in La Liga, but Sociedad still only picked up a single point after drawing 1-1 at home to Sevilla.

Jairo Samperio put the away side ahead after 18 minutes, and it seemed Sevilla could be on course for their first away win in 20 attempts. But a second-half equaliser from Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann meant the game ended level, and that United’s group stage opponents still have not won a league game since the opening weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen:

The German side may have fallen short at Old Trafford in the opening round of group matches, but in Germany they are practically unstoppable.

A 2-0 win at home to Hannover means Sami Hyypia’s side remain just a point behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with 18 points from a possible 21.

Leverkusen’s goals came from Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam, and the German side will go into next week’s Champions League match against Sociedad confident of victory.

The result was even more impressive as Hannover are just one place below Hyypia’s side in the Bundesliga.

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