The Europa League is back!

All the matches in the 2022/23 competition, from the group stage to the final, will be exclusively live on BT Sport.

Manchester United would prefer not to be in Europe's second-tier competition, but after successive wins over Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal, things are looking up for Erik ten Hag's men. 

Their Matchday 1 opponents Real Sociedad have a very familiar face in Manchester City legend David Silva, who was part of a team that tormented the Red Devils for the best part of a decade before the Spaniard departed in the summer of 2020. 

The blue half of the city still holds sway, but United will feel that they can challenge for silverware in this competition and have been placed in a group along with Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonia Nicosia. 

One player Ten Hag will not need to worry about stopping in this fixture is Alexander Isak, who left San Sebastian after an impressive three years to join Newcastle, scoring on his debut for the Magpies at Liverpool. 

Sociedad have made an overall solid start to their LaLiga campaign, with a 4-1 humbling by Barcelona the only blot on their copybook, and will fancy their chances against a team trying to make Old Trafford a fortress again. 

When is Man Utd vs Real Sociedad?

Our coverage from Old Trafford gets underway at 7.15pm (KO 8pm) on Thursday 8 September, live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. 

The match is also available to live stream on the BT Sport app or right here on More details about how to watch are below. 

How to watch Man Utd vs Real Sociedad on your mobile

Watch on the go with the BT Sport app with a link to the live stream available at the top of the homepage when our coverage gets underway. 

With the enhanced video player featuring an interactive timeline and multi-camera functionality, the app truly offers the most immersive viewing experience possible. 

It's available to download for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets, and offers far more than just live streaming options. 

How to live stream Man Utd vs Real Sociedad on your laptop or TV

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad is available to live stream here!

Follow the link above or access the live stream via the homepage when our broadcast starts at 7.15pm. 

With access to in-game stats, real-time table changes and more, our matchday page will enhance your viewing ever further.

If you're at home, you can watch all the action on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate via BT TV or the BT Sport large-screen app, which is available on most smart televisions.*

*BT Sport customers can download the BT Sport app on PS4, Xbox, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs (2015 models onwards). To watch the action, follow the link at the top of the homepage.

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Man Utd vs Real Sociedad predicted team news

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Dea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford.

Real Sociedad (4-3-1-2): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino; Silva; Kubo, Cho. 

Man Utd vs Real Sociedad preview

Sunday's statement victory over Arsenal was the loudest Old Trafford has been for a while. 

Big-money signing Antony raised the roof with a debut goal to open the scoring, and although Bukayo Saka hit back early in the second half, a much-needed double for Marcus Rashford took the Red Devils to their fourth straight win and saw them leapfrog Chelsea into fifth. 

Antony - like Anthony Martial - scored on his first outing, but the Brazilian will be hoping his career with the 13-time Premier League champions can display greater consistency than the Frenchman has managed during seven fitful years in Manchester. 

Anthony Elanga was the only player to make way from the win over Leicester, but it's feasible that the Sweden international will often feature from the start in cup competitions (assuming Antony is fit), while Cristiano Ronaldo may also be given the chance to top up his match fitness by starting in Europe. 

Real Sociedad currently sit ninth in LaLiga, and with Alexander Isak now at Newcastle and Mikel Oyarzabal expected back in mid-October after rupturing an ACL, responsibility for goals now largely falls on the shoulders of Alexander Sorloth - returning to San Sebastian for a second loan spell from RB Leipzig - and Umar Sadiq, with both men appearing against Athletic Madrid on Saturday, Sadiq replacing Sorloth at half-time to score the equaliser in a 1-1 draw. 

Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil will also expect fellow new signings Brais Mendez, Takefusa Kubo and Mohamed-Ali Cho to chip in. If that fails to happen, it is difficult to see the White and Blues improving on last season's sixth-placed finish. 

What if I can't watch the game live?

No problem. A highlights package of the clash will be made available to all shortly after the game on both the BT Sport app and We'll also publish in-game clips throughout the 90 minutes.

There will also be several opportunities to watch the match in full on TV and online after the event. For more information on the latest listings, check out our TV Guide.

What other live football does BT Sport show?

The Premier League campaign gets off to a flyer on BT Sport with viewers set to be treated to 17 games exclusively live over the opening eight gameweeks of the season.

We're also broadcasting all of this season's Champions League plus every single Europa League match.

There's also action from the continent with Ligue 1 as well as the best of the Serie A and Coppa Italia.

For full details of BT Sport's upcoming live football schedule, check out our What's on BT Sport page.

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