Manchester United discover new venue for Real Socieded Europa League clash

Manchester United will take on Real Socieded at the Allianz Stadium in Turin in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie next Thursday as the match could no longer be held in Spain.

Due to new travel restrictions introduced by the Spanish government, the United squad will not be able to go to San Sebastian for the first leg, so it has been switched to the the neutral venue – the home of Juventus on 18 February, kicking-off at 5.55pm.

Both clubs agreed to the move, although Manchester United have not had to move their home leg of the tie and the second leg will be held at Old Trafford on Thursday 25 February.

UEFA released a statement on the situation, which read: ‘UEFA can confirm that the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Manchester United FC will now take place at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. The date of the match (18 February 2021) and kick-off time (18:55CET) will remain the same.

‘UEFA would like to thank Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Manchester United FC for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Italian Football Federation and Juventus for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.’

There will be some familiar faces in the Sociedad ranks, with former Manchester United man Adnan Januzaj and Manchester City legend David Silva playing for the La Liga side.

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