Manchester United Champions League report: Shakhtar hit seven; Sociedad continue slump

We continue our weekly reports on Manchester United's Champions League opponents' 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 followed up their 1-1 draw with United with a 7-0 win at home to Arsenal Kyiv.

Facundo Ferreyra may have only been a last-minute substitute in the Champions League last week, but the Argentinian striker showed what he could do with a hat-trick on Saturday. After he scored the opener on 10 minutes, Alex Teixeira then grabbed a quick-fire brace to send Shakhtar in 3-0 up at half-time.

Two more goals for Ferreyra saw him complete his hat-trick before the hour mark, with Eduardo Da Silva and Ismaily rounding off the scoring.

Shakhtar move up one place to second in the table on goal-difference, three points behind leaders Metalist Kharkiv.

Real Sociedad:

The Spanish side’s poor form continued as they lost 1-0 away to bottom club Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

As the match appeared to be heading towards another inevitable Socieded draw, an 89th-minute penalty was converted by Rayo substitute Jonathan Viera, leaving the visitors still searching for their second league win of the season.

With time running out, Vieira was fouled in the area by Claudio Bravo, and the 23-year-old converted the spot-kick with just one minute of normal-time remaining.

The result sees Sociedad drop to 13th in La Liga, and gave the home side their first points of the season.

Bayer Leverkusen:

The German side secured an impressive 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday, leaving Sami Hyypia’s side just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s Bundesliga leaders.

The fact that Bayern leap-frogged Borussia Dortmund is a surprise in itself, after Jurgen Klopp’s men lost 2-0 away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern took the lead on the half-hour mark, through Toni Kroos, but Leverkusen were level just 60 seconds later, when Sidney Sam scored after Manuel Neuer had saved Lars Bender’s initial effort.

Hyypia had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank after some fine saves prevented Bayern from re-taking the lead through Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller.

If Leverkusen were not considered title-challengers before, they surely are now; even if they have some way to go to ultimately overcome the double-threat of Dortmund and Munich.

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