Fixture switch sees Man Utd head to Italy for Real Sociedad clash

Fixture switch sees Man Utd head to Italy for Real Sociedad clash

Manchester United’s Europa League match away to Real Sociedad will be played at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium, UEFA has announced.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were due to travel to Spain for the first leg of their last-32 tie on February 18. However, coronavirus restrictions in that country have forced a change.

European football’s governing body have sanctioned a switch of venue to Turin. The date and kick-off time (5.55pm GMT) remain the same.

The second leg of the tie takes place at Old Trafford the following week, on February 25.

A statement read: “UEFA would like to thank Real Sociedad and Manchester United for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Italian Football Federation and Juventus for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.”

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Manchester United could offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract, but will not do so until the end of the season, according to reports.

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This time around, the target could be even higher. United were top of the table recently, but have lost ground since then.

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