The last time the league of champions arrived at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ Manchester United’s dominant performance provided a rare moment of respite for David Moyes, but their defensive laxness that evening suggests the 4/5 about both teams to score should kop when Real Sociedad come to visit.
A United win is as short as 12/25, with the draw 10/3 and La Real a shade longer at 5/1.
United have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven games.
The Red Devils met two adversaries of Champions League calibre during the aforementioned period, shipping three times across clashes with Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk.
11 goals were given up during that negligent run, but they scored just as many (including at least one in every game) suggesting that there’s little chance they’ll fail to hold up their part of our wager.
The Basques have been shut out in just four of their last 20 games away from Anoeta.
Sociedad’s form may have taken something of downturn since the departure of Philippe Montanier, the man who guided them to a rare European adventure last season, but their ability to find the net away from home has remained largely intact.
They’ve notched at least once in five of their seven road games this term including against Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and when notching a confidence-boosting first win in nine outings against Valencia last time out.
David Moyes has used different centre-half pairings in each of his last six starting elevens.
The Scot’s compulsion to tinker with the heart of his backline is partially motivated by fitness management concerns for elder statesman defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
However, the constantly shifting dynamic in front of their goalkeeper is bound to cause some lapses in understanding, such as the lack of marking that allowed Adam Lallana’s fortuitous equaliser for Southampton at Old Trafford in their previous home game.