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Harry Maguire played up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Man United against Real Sociedad, it was chaos

Josh Lawless

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Harry Maguire played up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Man United against Real Sociedad, it was chaos

Harry Maguire played as a makeshift striker for Manchester United against Real Sociedad as they pushed for a second goal at San Sebastian.

United needed to beat group winners Sociedad by two clear goals to top their Europa League group and avoid playing a play-off against one of the sides from the Champions League.

The Red Devils went 1-0 up in the first half through 18-year-old wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, who scored his first ever goal after an assist from his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sociedad, who finished as group winners on goal difference after both ended up on 15 points, drew a sublime double save from from David de Gea.

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But they had to withstand some heavy pressure from United, who went fully route one in attempt to get the all-important goal.

In the 82nd minute, captain Maguire was brought on alongside Fred, with Garnacho and Christian Eriksen making way.

The England international partnered Ronaldo up top for the latter stages, with United desperately pumping in crosses and long balls for their No.5 to get his head on right up until the 95th minute.

In his surprise cameo, Maguire also found himself wandering into wide positions to try and link the play in some quite incredible scenes. Twitter was awash with reaction over Erik ten Hag's 'Plan B' involving Maguire playing up top.

Maguire caused chaos and provided entertainment but couldn't help United get the goal they needed. They will now play in the Europa League knockout play-off round and could face the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax, Sevilla or Sporting CP in a two-legged affair.

The draw will be made on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Europa League, Real Sociedad

Josh Lawless
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