Manchester United Champions League report: Leverkusen’s eight-goal thriller, Sociedad ship five

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 came back to earth with a bump on Saturday, losing 5-1 away to Real Madrid.

Sociedad’s fine recent form had seen them beat Osasuna 5-0 and hold out for an impressive 0-0 draw against United in their last group match. But a trip to the Bernabeu is a very different prospect and Real made light work of the visitors.

At one point it looked like being a cricket score, with the home side 3-0 up after just 36 minutes. But in the end a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal apiece from Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira saw to Jagoba Arrasate’s team, who replied through Antoine Griezmann.

The result means Sociedad are seventh in La Liga, while Real are third, six points behind Barcelona.

Shakhtar Donetsk:

The Ukrainian champions got back to winning ways in their domestic league with a 2-0 victory away to Hoverla. Shakhtar had lost their previous league match by the same score-line to Volyn, but their victory saw them climb above Metalist Kharkiv.

After a goalless first half, Sergey Krivtsov put the visitors ahead nine minutes after the interval, and Eduardo Da Silva doubled the lead with 16 minutes to play.

Shakhtar now have 35 points, one point ahead of Metalist having played a game more.

Bayer Leverkusen:

The German side were on the right end of an eight-goal thriller, overcoming Hamburg 5-3.

The win was a welcome one following their shock defeat at the hands of Eintracht Braunschweig last weekend.

Star of the show was former Hamburg forward Heung Min Son, who netted a hat-trick. While he also set up his side’s fourth, scored by Stefan Kießling. Sami Hyypia’s men added a fifth courtesy of Gonzalo Castro.

That said, the visitors played a huge part in an entertaining match, with strikes from Maximilian Beister and a brace from Pierre-Michel Lasogga pegging Leverkusen back time and again.

But ultimately they secured the three points that saw them go level on points with Borussia Dortmund, and remain four behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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