‘We know what we have to do against Real Sociedad’ – Erik ten Hag explains

Erik ten Hag has revealed his players know what they have to do against Real Sociedad on Thursday in the Europa League which is to beat the Spanish side by two or more goals to finish top of the group.

Failure to do so would consign United to second place in Group E and pitch the Red Devils into a play-off round with the eight drop-outs from the Champions League.

Considering that includes Barcelona, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting Lisbon and Juventus, Ten Hag will be keen for Manchester United to top the group.

“It’s clear,” said Ten Hag at the Reale Arena on Wednesday. “Obviously it’s important we win. We know what we have to do: two goals difference.

“But we like these challenges. If you want to win a trophy, you have to beat everyone.

“It’s difficult to win games here, but we have a plan for that and we will do everything to get it done.’ This is a scenario that has been in the making since United lost their group opener to Sociedad at Old Trafford on the night the Queen passed away in September.”