It was Wayne Rooney that caused the upset in the Real Sociedad penalty box, which caused Inigo Martinez to kick the ball into his own net, accidentally.
The goal scored in the second minute of the match, played at Old Trafford was all that separated Manchester United and Real Sociedad in the European Champions league match.
Had Martinez been better able to control his feet, maybe, just maybe, the match would have ended goalless giving Manchester United more cause to worry about Moyes’ managerial abilities.
The highlight of the match was not the own goal or Rooney’s ability to cause panic in the opponent’s half it was the number of opportunities Manchester United missed to double the scores and even beyond.
Rooney had four more opportunities, and Shinji Kagawa – making a rare start – two. Phil Jones’ header was turned away, Javier Hernandez had a goal disallowed for offside and Antonio Valencia struck a post.
Before the match, Alex Ferguson in his recently released autobiography had called Rooney’s fitness to question but it appears the England striker has shown that at 28 (today, 24th October 2013) he still has some juice left in him.
This is what Rooney had to say after the match: “We fully deserved the win. I thought we played some great stuff. After last Saturday, it was really important we got the win. We started the second half a bit slowly and should have scored again in the last 20 minutes. Keeping a clean sheet was pleasing. I’m really enjoying working with David Moyes and his staff. It’s given me a new lease of life. I’m fit and enjoying my football.”
United face Real Sociedad in their next European Champions league match on 5th November 2013.