(CNN)A Brais Méndez punishment was capable for Real Sociedad to instrumentality each 3 points astatine Old Trafford 1-0 arsenic a Manchester United broadside featuring Cristiano Ronaldo made a dilatory commencement to its Europa League campaign.
The lucifer kicked disconnected pursuing a minute's soundlessness to wage respect to the UK's Royal Family pursuing the decease of Queen Elizabeth II. The fixture went up pursuing consultation with UEFA and the Football Association, but without immoderate euphony played successful the stadium and some sides sporting achromatic armbands.
A subdued, below-capacity assemblage watched arsenic Erik Ten Hag's broadside toiled without scoring.
Cristiano Ronaldo, making his archetypal ever quality successful the Europa League and playing successful his archetypal play extracurricular the Champions League since 2002, came closest to scoring erstwhile his first-half, headed effort was ruled retired for offside.
But it was a frustrating nighttime for the Portuguese prima who was successful the starting line-up pursuing a 4 week play starting connected the bench. The guardant made it wide earlier successful the summertime that helium wanted to permission United, citing his tendency to play successful the Champions League arsenic the main crushed for trying to unit a move.
The location broadside -- featuring six changes from its triumph implicit Arsenal astatine the play -- controlled the archetypal fractional but struggled to breakdown a good organized Sociedad.
New signing Antony had an effort saved earlier Ronaldo roseate highest to conscionable a Diego Dalot cross.
Goal keeper Álex Remiro got a manus to it but was incapable to halt the shot crossing the line, but the Red Devils' celebrations were chopped abbreviated erstwhile the offside emblem was raised.
Ronaldo threatened doubly much with a header and a onslaught from extracurricular the container earlier the Spanish broadside struck.
Lisandro Martínez, who was introduced astatine halftime for Dalot, blocked erstwhile Manchester City prima David Silva's strike, but the shot ricocheted disconnected his limb onto his arm, starring referee Marco Di Bello to springiness the visitors a arguable penalty.
La Real's summertime signing Méndez made nary mistake and acceptable the Spanish nine connected its mode to a archetypal triumph connected English ungraded successful European competition.
Despite the celebrated win, the lucifer ended successful muted manner pursuing the day's earlier news. All post-match interviews were besides canceled retired of respect for the Royal Family.
The effect leaves Ten Hag's broadside successful 3rd successful Group E pursuing Sheriff Tiraspol's 3-0 triumph implicit Omonia Nicosia successful the different lucifer successful the group.
The Dutchman volition person to rapidly determination past the nonaccomplishment arsenic United prepares for a travel to Moldova to look Sheriff connected September 15.