results, scores, Manchester United vs Real Sociedad, Martinez handball, penalty, VAR, reaction

Manchester United fell to Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Europa League on Friday after a controversial penalty that left several football fans furious.

Erik Ten Hag has described Brazilian striker Antony as United’s “missing link” after the Brazilian striker scored on his debut against Arsenal on Sunday following his £82million move from Ajax.

But the 22-year-old struggled to make an impact in a disjointed performance from United.

Cristiano Ronaldo was making just his second United start this season, while Brazil midfielder Casemiro started for the first time since joining from Real Madrid.

Neither player could trigger United, who saw a 35th-minute header from Ronaldo correctly disallowed for offside.

Sociedad secured their victory in the 59th minute when United defender Lisandro Martinez was controversially penalized for the handball.

The ball only hit Martinez’s arm after bouncing off his knee, but after a VAR check the decision was upheld and Brais Mendez hit the kick past David De Gea.

After winning four consecutive Premier League games, United were beaten for the third time under boss ten Hag.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s press conference has been canceled out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Earlier, Brazilian teenager Marquinhos scored on his Arsenal debut as the Gunners kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over FC Zurich in Switzerland, while Jose Mourinho’s Roma collapsed on a surprise loss.

Marquinhos, 19, signed from Sao Paulo in June, finished for the first time on a low Eddie Nketiah cross in the 16th minute to put Arsenal ahead in the city of St. Gallen.

Zurich, Swiss champions last season for the first time since 2009, equalized just before half-time when Mirlind Kryeziu converted a penalty after a foul in the box by Nketiah.

However, Nketiah made up for it by scoring the winning goal just after the hour mark, from a suspended Marquinhos cross.

The match took place as news of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II had died, and both sets of players observed a minute’s silence before the start of the second half.

The victory made it a perfect start in Group A for Arsenal, after manager Mikel Arteta made eight changes to his line-up following the weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale were among the rested players while Marquinhos made his first appearance, as did United States goalkeeper Matt Turner, signed at the end of the season from New England Revolution.

Fabio Vieira also made his first start since arriving from Porto. Group rivals PSV Eindhoven and Bodo/Glimt drew 1-1 in the Netherlands, with Cody Gakpo equalizing for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side after Albert Gronbaek put the Norwegian champions ahead .

Arsenal host PSV at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.

Roma are looking to win a second consecutive European trophy after winning the Premier League Europa League last season, but suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Bulgaria’s Luodogorets Razgrad in Group C.

Uzbek striker Eldor Shomurodov appeared to have secured a draw for Roma when he equalized four minutes from time to cancel out Brazil midfielder Cauly’s opener.

But the Bulgarian champions grabbed all three points in the 88th minute through Nonato, another member of their sizeable Brazilian contingent.

Meanwhile, Fenerbahce beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 in Istanbul in Group B with Michy Batshuayi coming off the bench to score an injury-time winner on his debut following his recent move from Chelsea.

The result is a measure of revenge for the Turkish side, who lost to the Ukrainians in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Dynamo were then beaten by Benfica in the Champions League play-offs, and so the clubs were brought together in the same Europa League group.

Manchester United were among the clubs in action later as they hosted Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in Group E.