Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has built the best Manchester United side of the last decade, according to Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil.
Sociedad were torn apart by United’s counter-attack in the first leg of their Europa League clash and the two sides meet again on Thursday.
When asked about the quality of United, Alguacil hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role in building the the squad in the last couple of seasons.
“It’s the best Man United in the last 10 years,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“They’re battling with Man City for the Premiership. They’re really world-class physically, and quality-wise, they’re really good.
“We know how difficult it is to cause nerves in Man United even if we score that first goal. But we want to be competitive.
“We’re going to try and go out there to win the game but, above all, we need to prove ourselves that we are not that far (from United).
“We might be far from Man United but we’re not as far as the result of the first leg suggests.”
On what his team can aim for when facing a four-goal deficit, Alguacil added: “I have to say it could be almost impossible to go through but I believe that my team can compete.
“I think we can clean our image, win the game and learn from what happened in Turin.
“We really have to be down to earth and know who we are facing.
“It’s a test because we know we’re playing a good team.
“We know we played really well, away in Italy, so we treat this one as a game we want to win.
“Of course, there will be a couple of changes because of the relentless fixture schedule.
“I don’t think anyone will be surprised by that, but we have to play a good game and keep building momentum, and every game is a chance to stake a claim to be in the team for next week.”