Manchester United beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the last match of the Europa League group stage.
However, United’s victory was not enough to ensure the team emerged as group winners, as they fell one goal short.
United have now put themselves in a difficult position and will most likely face a great team that failed to qualify for the Champions League round of 16.
The Red Devils had 53% of the possession versus 47% for Sociedad.
Erik ten Hag’s men took four shots on goal, only one of which hit the target.
By comparison, Sociedad took a whopping 13 shots at United’s goal and four of them hit the target.
There wasn’t much to divide the two teams in terms of passing. United had 459 passes with a passing accuracy of 78%.
The Spanish team, meanwhile, attempted 412 passes with a success rate of 75%.
Despite the disappointment of a relatively lackluster performance and not finishing among the best, there were some standout players.
Diogo Dalot was brilliant again, extending a run of fine displays from the Portuguese defender this season. ‘
Dalot had 96 touches on the ball.
He successfully made 53 passes and completed a staggering 12 long balls in what was a technical spectacle of his ability on possession.
The 23-year-old won six field duels against the stubborn Society attackers.
The winger was also commanding in his interceptions. He intercepted six times.
Finally, Dalot made a clearance. Overall, it was a masterful overall performance from Dalot, who excelled at both the front and the rear.
Diogo Dalot’s match in numbers against Real Sociedad:
96 touches 53 passes completed 12 long balls completed 6 field duels won 6 interceptions 1 clearance
Defensively solid. Progressive in attack. 👏 pic.twitter.com/FdAxbKOsvx
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 3, 2022
He is constantly showing why the club must not waver and must act quickly to resolve his contract situation and link him to longer terms.