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Result: Manchester United go clear at the top of Group A

Manchester United go top of Group A of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have triumphed 1-0 over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford to take top spot in Group A of the Champions League.

Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad scores an own goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad on October 23, 2013© Getty Images

The Spanish outfit got off to the worst possible start, as Inigo Martinez sliced into his own net while trying to clear the ball after Wayne Rooney had hit the post in just the second minute of the game.

Claudio Bravo prevented the England international from doubling the lead with a good save in the 14th minute after Rafael had found him unmarked inside the area.

United threatened once more when Rooney combined with Ryan Giggs in the 21st minute, with the latter providing Javier Hernandez with the opportunity to nod home, only for the linesman to correctly rule the Mexican offside.

The visitors gave their hosts a warning just before the break, as David de Gea had to push Haris Seferovic's shot over the top before Antoine Griezmann rattled the bar with a free kick.

The woodwork came to United's rescue once again on the hour mark, with Alberto de la Bella driving at goal from an almost impossible angle, but the upright favoured Sociedad when Antonio Valencia's shot beat Bravo in the 63rd minute.

Shinji Kagawa had the chance to give his team some breathing space when Valencia's cut-back found him at the back post, but the Japanese international decided to take a touch and that allowed Carlos Martinez to get in a vital block.

Rooney missed a glorious chance to put the home fans' nerves to rest in the 89th minute, but the Red Devils saw out a victory which sees them establish a one-point lead over Bayer Levekusen.

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Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad scores an own goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad on October 23, 2013
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15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
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18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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