Real Sociedad will be fighting to keep alive their excessively slim hopes of qualifying to the next round of the Champions League when they host group leaders Manchester United on Tuesday at the San Sebastián. Sociedad's elimination will be confirmed if they lose on Tuesday, or if they draw and Leverkusen win in Ukraine in the group's other fixture. United, on the other hand, sit comfortably atop Group A undefeated with seven points from their three games, thanks to a 4-2 home win over Leverkusen and a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Donetsk before putting one over the Spaniards in a tense win at Old Trafford, thanks to Inigo Martinez's own goal after 69 seconds - the fastest own goal in Champions League history. A win would edge Moyes' men closer to qualification ahead of a tricky trip to Leverkusen in three weeks.
Sociedad have yet to pick up a point on their return to the Champions League for the first time in a decade but the Basques have improved domestically of late - taking 10 points from their past four La Liga games. The Spanish side prepared for the impending visit of United in emphatic style, beating Osasuna 5-0 on Saturday in the La Liga, no doubt a huge confidence booster ahead of a crunch game. Not to be left behind, the English champions, put in, what captain Nemanja Vidic described as their best performance of the season in a 3-1 win away to Fulham on Saturday.