Manchester United have, to date, won all six Europa League group games they’ve ever played, scoring 17 goals and conceding just one.
Also, the Red Devils have reached at least the semi-finals the last three times they’ve competed in this tournament.
Under José Mourinho, they lifted the trophy in 201, before a last four defeat to Sevilla in 2020 and then that penalty shootout loss in the 2021 final against Villarreal.
So, Erik ten Hag’s team have to be amongst the favourites to claim the trophy on 31 May, especially when considering how they’re playing right now.
On Sunday, Man United enjoyed their fourth successive Premier League victory, beating league-leaders Arsenal 3-1.
Antony scoring 36 minutes into his debut, before Marcus Rashford netted twice.
Emphasising their strength in depth, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw, Fred, Casemiro and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo are all likely to come into the XI for this one.
En route to the 2021 final, Man United hammered Real Sociedad 4-0 in Turin, don’t ask, and would love a similar result here.
As for los Txuri-Urdin, this is their third successive season in Europe, last achieving this consistency 40 years ago.
In 2017/18, 2020/21 and last season, la Real finished second in their Europa League group, before falling in the first knockout round.
Right now, Imanol Alguacil’s team are ninth in La Liga, following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid.
Given that Cypriot Cup winners Omonia and Moldovan champions FC Sheriff complete Group E, these two are big favourites to advance.
Will Manchester United lay down a marker at Old Trafford?