Real Sociedad 'won't be intimidated' by Manchester United

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La Real's coach has claimed that his men will go to Old Trafford to win.

Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate has claimed that his team ‘won’t be intimidated’ when they face Manchester United.

The Spanish side travel to Old Trafford for their Champions League group stage clash this evening, but the coach has insisted that his men play the Premier League champions with the intention to win.

“Playing here has more positives than negatives, and we won't be intimidated by the occasion,” he told reporters.

“Of course we're coming here to a legendary, almost mythic stadium, but we're going to train on the pitch now so we'll get a feel for it.

“Once the whistle goes it's just another game of 11 versus 11, and we'll also have huge backing from our fans.

“Of course it'll be a special night for all of us: the players, the coaching staff and the fans.

“But once the whistle blows we'll focus on our job – on correcting things, urging on the players, basically doing everything we can to get the three points that'd give us a chance of getting out of the group, which is what it's all about.”

La Real’s tactician then commented on United’s difficult start to the campaign under David Moyes.

“They've got a new coach and it always takes time to adjust. But I'm not fooled by this so-called bad start for United, as they could explode into life at any moment.

“We'll expect them to be at their best tomorrow and to give us a very difficult game, but if that's not the case then all the better for us.

“[Despite two opening defeats] we can take positives from both games and we played particularly well in Germany [against Bayer Leverkusen].

“We know we have to get close to our very best form to give ourselves a chance tomorrow, so it's about preparing well and working hard for the result.”

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