Deflected cross ruins a photographer’s high-end laptop during Man Utd v Real Sociedad

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Manchester United progressed on aggregate into the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 after they held Real Sociedad to a 0-0 draw last night. United scored four at the Anoeta in the first leg, but could not do any damage to the La Liga side despite fielding a fairly standard side in the second leg yesterday.

Sociedad could not threaten the damage United’s lead on aggregate either, as it was a very cagey encounter. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the only damage done at Old Trafford was to an unfortunate photographer’s laptop – when a deflected cross broke the screen into pieces.

A tweet following the game revealed that one of the Manchester United club photographers’ laptop has suffered the most unfortunate fate – the high-end equipment was completely damaged by a deflected cross out of nowhere.

The picture of the laptop tweeted by Nick Speakman, the Global Head of Social Media at Manchester United, revealed its shattered screen due to a deflected cross during a moment in the game.

The screen was broken into a thousand pieces by the looks of it, as the second leg ended up being just as fateful for the pitchside photographer’s laptop as it was for Real Sociedad.

Sociedad got themselves a clear cut opportunity when they were awarded an early spot-kick, but Mikel Oyarzabal fired his penalty just wide of the goal. Fernandes and James came close to breaking the deadlock for United on either side of the half-hour mark for the hosts before VAR denied Axel Tuanzebe his first goal for the club in the second half.

United eventually progressed into the Round of 16 to be played next month, but they would first look to travel to Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.

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By Surjit Patowary

Extremely passionate, detail-oriented when it comes to football. Obsessed with the news. Fact-checking is life!

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