Man Utd forced into Europa League play-off

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United were left "disappointed" after failing to top their Europa League group, despite a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.

A triumph by two or more goals on Thursday would have seen United advance as Group E winners by virtue of a superior head-to-head record over La Real.

Alejandro Garnacho's 17th-minute goal gave United hope, but that proved to be their only shot on target during a lacklustre display at the Reale Arena.

Ten Hag's side will now have to play-off against one of the teams knocked out of the Champions League with Barcelona, Juventus and his former club Ajax among the potential opponents.

He told BT Sport: "You do not always get what you deserve.

"Of course, we are disappointed we didn't score two goals because that's what we needed. We want always to be number one, and when we aren't, we are disappointed."

Ten Hag took some positives out the game, highlighting the display of Garnacho after the 18-year-old became United's youngest non-English goalscorer in major European competition, taking the record from club legend George Best.

"Today, we win, and I am happy with that, and some other things like the performance of Alejandro Garnacho," the Dutchman added.

Bruno Fernandes said their goal was to win by two but it was not to be.

"We tried everything, we took a few more risks at the end to try and get the second goal.

"We won the game against a great opponent; it wasn't enough to win the group but it's a win."

In London, Kieran Tierney's first-half goal secured a 1-0 home victory for Arsenal over FC Zurich and top spot in Europa League Group A.

Tierney's superb 25-yard strike sealed the win in a game they largely dominated but they had to withstand pressure from the Swiss side at the end to finish with 15 points, two ahead of second-placed PSV Eindhoven.

Mikel Arteta's side disappointed in their last European outing with a 2-0 loss at PSV but responded with a much-improved performance to ensure they bypassed the competition's knockout-round play-offs.

In other games, Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin won 1-0 at Saint-Gilloise to follow the Belgian hosts into the knock-out stages.

Sven Michel stuck out his leg to poke a long ball from Sheraldo Becker into the bottom right corner six minutes into the game for the winner.

Feyenoord beat Lazio 1-0 and Midtjylland prevailed 2-0 over Sturm Graz to advance from Group F.

Former winners Feyenoord prevailed from substitute Santiago Gimenez' winner in the 64th minute while Anders Dryer struck in the 15th and 72nd minutes for the Danes of Midtjylland.

Lazio and Graz lost the two top spots, with Feyenoord winning the group to advance into the last 16.

Midtjylland go into a play-off against a third-placed Champions League while Lazio in third drop into a Conference League play-off.

The eight group winners qualify for the last 16 while the runners-up compete in the playoffs. The draw for the next stage will be held on Monday.

Meanwhile, West Ham carved themselves a small slice of European history with a 3-0 victory over Romanian side FCSB in Bucharest.

Two goals from Pablo Fornals and a defected effort from teenage debutant Divin Mubama ensured the Hammers, already through to the last 16 of the Europa Conference League, became the first team in the competition to win all six of their group-stage matches.

with dpa