Manchester United Champions League report: Sociedad hit five & Leverkusen’s shock defeat

Champions League

We continue our weekly reports detailing 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.

Real Sociedad:

The Spanish side prepared for the visit of United in emphatic style, beating Osasuna 5-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The match was goalless for the first 30 minutes, but that changed when Jon Ansotegui headed home from a Ruben Pardo free-kick. And the hosts doubled their lead just two minutes into the second half, Inigo Martinez meeting a Pardo corner.

When Jordan Loties was sent off for the visitors with 40 minutes still to play, it was clearly not going to be Osasuna’s day; and so it turned out as Antoine Griezmann made it three after 56 minutes.

Two goals in the final eight minutes, from Chory Castro and Haris Seferovic, put the icing on an impressive victory, and will no doubt give Sociedad a huge confidence boost as they prepare for the arrival of the English champions.

Shakhtar Donetsk:

The Ukrainian side remained second in their domestic league after a 2-0 victory away to Volyn on Friday.

A goal in each half from Redvan Memeshev gave the visitors the three points, and kept them just one point behind leaders Metalist Kharkiv.

Memeshev’s first came midway through the first-half, and the right-winger bagged his second with 21 minutes of normal time to play.

The win was Shakhtar’s fourth straight victory in the league, and they will go into next week’s game against Bayer Leverkusen knowing a repeat of their domestic success will give them a good chance of making it out of the group stage.

Bayer Leverkusen:

In arguably Europe’s most shocking result of the weekend, Leverkusen lost 1-0 away to Eintracht Braunschweig.

The newly-promoted side secured only their second win of the season – and their first at home – courtesy of a Domi Kumbela strike with just nine minutes to play.

Things got worse for Sami Hyypia’s side when Lars Bender was sent off in injury-time for a second caution.

Leverkusen rested a number of their big name players in preparation for next week’s match against Shakhtar, but the decision backfired, leaving Hyypia’s men five points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

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