Real Sociedad director sends warning to Manchester United ahead of Europa League clash

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Real Sociedad director Roberto Olabe is confident his team can pull off an upset and win their Europa League clash against Manchester United despite the venue change.

The first leg clash of the Europa League Round-of-32 tie will be played at Juventus’ Allianz Arena on Thursday.

While Olabe is unhappy with UEFA’s decision to change the venue for the match which he see as an advantage for the Red Devils, the Basque club director is optimistic his team can eliminate United from the competition.

Speaking to Diario Vasco (h/t Sport Witness), Real Sociedad director of football Roberto Olabe said: “I would like for the return leg to be played on a neutral ground or for UEFA to appoint a single venue for a one-off game tie as it did last year.

“It does not seem coherent to me that as the home team, we play in a neutral field and as a visitor, we do it there, but that’s the way things are.

“I’m very excited, and yes, I think we can eliminate them. However, Manchester United have one of the most complete squads in the world, with an exceptional level of players.”

UEFA have officially confirmed that the February 18 clash will not be taking place at the Anoeta Stadium due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The first-leg clash will instead be played at Juventus’ Allianz Arena although Old Trafford is still expected to host the return game on February 25.