Manchester United have been given a fitting punishment for their rubbish season last year, by being sent to the far corners of the known universe for the group stage of this year’s Europa League. United were drawn in Group L, alongside Astana, Partizan Belgrade, and AZ Akmaar. Astana is closer to Shanghai than it is to Manchester, we’ve been told, but that’s what you get for finishing sixth. Kazakhstan, here we come, baby!
The full draw for the 2019/20 Europa League group stage is as follows:
Group A: Sevilla, Apoel, Qarabag, Dudelange
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Copenhagen, Malmo, Lugano
Group C: FC Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor
Group D: Sporting CP, PSV, Rosenborg, LASK
Group E: Lazio, Celtic, Rennes, CFR Cluj
Group F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, Vitoria FC
Group G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, Rangers
Group H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, Ferencvaros
Group I: Wolfsburg, Gent, St Etienne, Olexandriya
Group J: Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Wolfsberg
Group K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolves, Slovan Bratislava
Group L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ Akmaar
Matchday 1 for the Europa League is September 19th.
The draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup also took place this week, and United were drawn at home against Rochdale. The tie is set for the week of September 23rd, and likely to be played on Wednesday September 25th, since the Reds face West Ham in the Premier League the Sunday before.