A subdued, below-capacity crowd watched as Erik Ten Hag’s aspect toiled with out scoring.
Cristiano Ronaldo, making his first ever look within the Europa League and enjoying in his first season exterior the Champions League since 2002, got here closest to scoring when his first-half, headed effort was dominated out for offside.
Nevertheless it was a irritating night time for the Portuguese star who was within the beginning line-up following a 4 week interval beginning on the bench. The ahead made it clear earlier in the summertime that he needed to go away United, citing his need to play within the Champions League as the principle motive for making an attempt to pressure a transfer.
The house aspect — that includes six adjustments from its win over Arsenal on the weekend — managed the primary half however struggled to breakdown a properly organized Sociedad.
New signing Antony had an try saved earlier than Ronaldo rose highest to fulfill a Diego Dalot cross.
Aim keeper Álex Remiro received a hand to it however was unable to cease the ball crossing the road, however the Pink Devils’ celebrations had been reduce quick when the offside flag was raised.
Ronaldo threatened twice extra with a header and a strike from exterior the field earlier than the Spanish aspect struck.
Lisandro Martínez, who was launched at halftime for Dalot, blocked former Manchester Metropolis star David Silva’s strike, however the ball ricocheted off his leg onto his arm, main referee Marco Di Bello to present the guests a controversial penalty.
La Real’s summer time signing Méndez made no mistake and set the Spanish membership on its strategy to a primary victory on English soil in European competitors.
Regardless of the well-known win, the match led to muted vogue following the day’s earlier information. All post-match interviews had been additionally canceled out of respect for the Royal Household.
The consequence leaves Ten Hag’s aspect in third in Group E following Sheriff Tiraspol’s 3-0 win over Omonia Nicosia within the different match within the group.
The Dutchman must rapidly transfer previous the loss as United prepares for a visit to Moldova to face Sheriff on September 15.