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Manchester United have the opportunity to go very close to sealing qualification to the last 16 stage of the Champions league, but they could only manage a draw with bottom club Real Sociedad on Tuesday night. The 0-0 draw was a disappointing result for David Moyes and his men especially considering that they were in recent form in recent weeks. After the encounter, Moyes said that he is disappointed to have only taken a point from a match that appeared to present three before the start.
Summer signing Marouane Fellaini, who started in midfield along with Ryan Giggs, was sent off after a second yellow card. Robin van Persie also missed a penalty, which would have given them the lead in the match. Striker Javier Hernandez, who was given a rare start by Moyes, missed a glorious opportunity from 6 yards out. Despite this draw, United still remain top of their group with eight points compared to the seven of Bayern Leverkusen. Still, it was a great opportunity for United to assert their superiority in the group.
Their next European match will be against the Germans followed by the final group match against Shakhtar Donetsk, who are still in with a shout to qualify for the knockout stages.
“It shouldn’t have been a draw, it should have been a victory, we played well enough to win the game, made a lot of chances, and we missed a penalty as well. When you get opportunities you want to take them. Those opportunities tonight would have made sure we were well clear at the top of the group, but we’re still in a good position. We go to Leverkusen next and then we play Shakhtar Donetsk at home, so hopefully in those two games we’ll make sure we qualify,” said Moyes after the match.