Man United have one leg in the Europa League round of 16

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Manchester United thumped Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Allianz stadium in Italy on Thursday evening, to make a statement in their first Europa League game of the year.

United took the lead against a hapless Sociedad side in the 24th minute of the first half, thanks to Bruno Fernandes, who scored with his 20th effort of the season.

The Portuguese, then added a second just after the restart to make it 2-0, before goals from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James put a gloss on the scoreline, and pretty much send us into the second leg with a major away goal advantage.

United have indeed put one leg in the next stage of the competition, after a good away scoreline in the round of 32 clash.