Europa League - Round of 32 - 2nd Leg
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Manchester United 0-0 Real Sociedad (Agg 4-0): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side advance in Europa League

By Simon StoneBBC Sport at Old Trafford
Shola Shoretire
Seventeen-year-old Shola Shoretire replaced Mason Greenwood in the 76th minute

Shola Shoretire became the youngest player to appear for Manchester United in a European game as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side eased into the last-16 of the Europa League with a goalless draw against Real Sociedad.

At 17 years and 23 days, Newcastle-born Shoretire beat the record of Norman Whiteside by 108 days on a night when January signing Amad Diallo also made his first appearance at Old Trafford.

They were notable milestones on an evening when Bruno Fernandes went closest for the hosts in the opening period as he smashed a lay-off from Fred onto the crossbar.

However, the best chance turned into a miserable failure for visitors' skipper Mikel Oyarzabal.

Presented with the opportunity to give his side an early lead from the penalty spot, Oyarzabal copied Fernandes' distinctive skip as he went to strike the ball and sent it so far wide it almost hit a photographer by the side of the goal.

Daniel James had a header saved by Alejandro Remiro before the break and Marcus Rashford, who took over the captain's armband when he replaced Fernandes at half-time, went close after it.

Axel Tuanzebe thought he had scored his first United goal when he powered in Alex Telles' corner, only for the intervention of the video assistant referee to halt Tuanzebe's celebrations.

Referee Lawrence Visser was advised to watch the incident on a pitchside monitor and judged that Victor Lindelof had committed a foul before the ball reached his fellow centre-back.

It was all rather mundane, with the hosts' four-goal cushion from last week's game in Turin ensuring their place in Friday's draw - when Steven Gerrard and Jose Mourinho are potential opponents for Solskjaer - was never in doubt.

Their victory means there will be four British sides in the Europa League last 16, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Rangers all advancing, although Leicester were eliminated by Slavia Prague.

The draw for the last 16 at 12:00 GMT and the BBC Sport website and app will have live text coverage of the draw.

With no seedings, and no restrictions on sides from the same nation facing each other, the draw could produce an all-Premier League clash.

The eight last-16 ties will be played on 11 and 18 March.

Penalty
Mikel Oyarzabal fired a penalty off target for Real Sociedad early in the first half

Shoretire's historic night

Like United coach Michael Carrick, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and former United skipper Steve Bruce, Shoretire was a member of the famous Wallsend Boys Club when he was very young, although his talent was obvious early on and he spent a brief period training with Manchester City before signing permanently with United as a nine-year-old.

After playing in the Youth Cup at 15 - and memorably in a quarter-final against Wigan after spending the whole day in school - it is no wonder United had the terms of Shoretire's professional contract sorted well before the day he signed it on his 17th birthday.

By that point, head of academy Nicky Butt had been part of the decision to push Shoretire into the under-23 set-up to see how he adapted.

The progress has been swift given he now has two first-team appearances to his name after becoming the second youngest player to play in the Premier League for United in their win against Newcastle on 21 February.

"He's a young kid we believe in, a great attitude, you can see the shape of him, physically, he'll be an athlete and technically he is very, very good," said Solskjaer.

"He makes good decisions, we're going to gradually feed him into this team. He's grounded, works hard in training, and is a likeable boy we can see in the future."

With Amad Diallo, the 18-year-old Ivorian, also given his first Old Trafford appearance against Sociedad, Solskjaer will be please to see more talented youngsters emerging at the club where he was tasked with implementing a cultural reboot when he replaced Jose Mourinho as manager in December 2018.

United advance again - the stats

  • United have progressed from all five of their last-32 ties in the Europa League (also 2011-12, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2019-20).
  • Sociedad have been eliminated from both of their last-32 ties in the Europa League, also exiting the competition at this stage back in 2017-18 versus Red Bull Salzburg.
  • United have gone unbeaten in each of their last 15 matches at Old Trafford in the Europa League since a 3-2 defeat by Spanish opponents Athletic Bilbao in March 2012.
  • Sociedad are now winless in their four matches with United across all competitions (drew two, lost two), failing to score in each clash.
  • Rashford became the first Premier League player to feature in 40 matches in all competitions this season.
  • United's Fernandes has hit the woodwork more times in all competitions than any other Premier League player since the start of February 2020 (11).
  • Sociedad's Oyarzabal became the first visiting player to fail to score a penalty attempt at Old Trafford against United in any competition since Leighton Baines for Everton in October 2014 in the Premier League.

What's next?

United are next in action against Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 28 February (16:30 GMT).

Player of the match

ShoretireShola Shoretire

with an average of 7.00

Manchester United

  1. Squad number74Player nameShoretire
    Average rating

    7.00

  2. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    6.57

  3. Squad number21Player nameJames
    Average rating

    6.49

  4. Squad number19Player nameDiallo
    Average rating

    6.43

  5. Squad number26Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.41

  6. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
    Average rating

    6.41

  7. Squad number3Player nameBailly
    Average rating

    6.40

  8. Squad number38Player nameTuanzebe
    Average rating

    6.33

  9. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    6.31

  10. Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    6.30

  11. Squad number33Player nameWilliams
    Average rating

    6.14

  12. Squad number27Player nameAlex Telles
    Average rating

    6.13

  13. Squad number31Player nameMatic
    Average rating

    6.05

  14. Squad number17Player nameFred
    Average rating

    5.99

  15. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    5.74

  16. Squad number9Player nameMartial
    Average rating

    4.96

Real Sociedad

  1. Squad number11Player nameJanuzaj
    Average rating

    6.44

  2. Squad number19Player nameIsak
    Average rating

    6.25

  3. Squad number25Player nameBautista
    Average rating

    6.04

  4. Squad number7Player namePortu
    Average rating

    5.97

  5. Squad number8Player nameMerino
    Average rating

    5.93

  6. Squad number16Player nameGuevara
    Average rating

    5.87

  7. Squad number22Player nameBarrenetxea
    Average rating

    5.86

  8. Squad number36Player nameZubimendi
    Average rating

    5.85

  9. Squad number12Player nameMuñoz
    Average rating

    5.84

  10. Squad number15Player nameSagnan
    Average rating

    5.82

  11. Squad number17Player nameMerquelanz
    Average rating

    5.74

  12. Squad number14Player nameGuridi
    Average rating

    5.73

  13. Squad number5Player nameZubeldia
    Average rating

    5.70

  14. Squad number1Player nameÁlex Remiro
    Average rating

    5.67

  15. Squad number10Player nameOyarzabal
    Average rating

    5.64

  16. Squad number18Player nameGorosabel
    Average rating

    5.63

Line-ups

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutesBooked at 49mins
  • 3Bailly
  • 2LindelöfBooked at 65mins
  • 27Telles
  • 17FredBooked at 40minsSubstituted forTuanzebeat 45'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 11GreenwoodSubstituted forShoretireat 76'minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forRashfordat 45'minutes
  • 21JamesSubstituted forDialloat 59'minutes
  • 9Martial

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 5Maguire
  • 10Rashford
  • 13Grant
  • 19Diallo
  • 23Shaw
  • 30Bishop
  • 33Williams
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 54Galbraith
  • 74Shoretire

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Remiro
  • 18GorosabelSubstituted forBautistaat 45'minutes
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 15Sagnan
  • 12Muñoz
  • 16GuevaraSubstituted forGuridiat 72'minutes
  • 36Zubimendi
  • 8Merino
  • 11JanuzajSubstituted forMerquelanzat 66'minutes
  • 19IsakSubstituted forPortugués Manzaneraat 45'minutes
  • 10OyarzabalSubstituted forBarrenetxeaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Portugués Manzanera
  • 14Guridi
  • 17Merquelanz
  • 20Monreal
  • 22Barrenetxea
  • 25Bautista
  • 28López
  • 37Gonzalez
  • 44Marrero
  • 46Ruiz-Zeberio
Referee:
Lawrence Visser

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 0, Real Sociedad 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Real Sociedad 0.

  3. Post update

    Amad Diallo (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aihen Muñoz (Real Sociedad).

  5. Post update

    Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ander Barrenetxea (Real Sociedad).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martín Merquelanz (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martín Zubimendi.

  8. Post update

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad).

  10. Post update

    Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Shola Shoretire replaces Mason Greenwood.

  14. Post update

    Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jon Guridi (Real Sociedad).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Guridi (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jon Bautista (Real Sociedad) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ander Barrenetxea with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

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