Manchester United Champions League news: Ex-Arsenal man nets four; Leverkusen’s stock rises

We continue our weekly reports detailing United's Champions League opponents' latest 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.

Bayer Leverkusen:

The German side secured a much-needed 1-0 victory away to Hertha Berlin, on a day when most eyes were elsewhere.

The match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich may have taken most of the headlines both before and after the latter’s 3-0 win. But Leverkusen’s latest victory means they are now three points ahead of Dortmund and just four behind league leaders Bayern.

Leverkusen’s only goal of the game came from star striker Stefan Kießling, who coolly slotted home to secure his side’s first win over Berlin for six years.

The result – along with their current league position – is a huge boost for Sami Hyypia’s men as they prepare to host United on Wednesday.

Real Sociedad:

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela ended his scoring drought in sensational form, as he netted all four of Sociedad’s goals in a 4-3 home win over Celta Vigo.

Having opened the scoring in the 6th minute, Vela then watched as the visitors took a quick-fire lead, courtesy of two goals in five minutes from Rafinha and Alex Lopez.

Rafinha then stretched Celta’s advantage 11 minutes into the second-half. But Vela had other ideas, pulling one back five minutes later. And after the visitors had Andreu Fontas sent off for two yellow cards, Vela completed his hat-trick and added a fourth for good measure.

The result means Sociedad are now sixth in La Liga, while Celta are 16th.

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Shakhtar Donetsk:

The Ukrainian champions warmed up for their match against Sociedad by scoring four goals of their own.

A 4-0 home victory against Sevastopol saw Shakhtar remain four points clear at the top of their domestic league.

All the hard work was completed in the first-half, as goals from Taison, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Luiz Adriano and Darijo Srna, ended the game as a competition with more than 10 minutes to go before the interval.

Douglas Costa also deserves praise for his assists on the second and third goals, scored within three minutes of each other.

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