Europa League draw – Man United face tough task; Arsenal to reunite with Van Nistelrooy, PSV – ESPN

Europa League draw - Man United face tough task;  Arsenal to reunite with Van Nistelrooy, PSV - ESPN

Manchester United have been handed a tough draw in the group stages of the 2022-23 Europa League, while Arsenal will face Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV Eindhoven.

United finished sixth in the Premier League last season, meaning they missed out on Champions League football this term and were drawn into Friday’s draw with Arsenal, who return to European competition after a year.

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Erik ten Hag’s side have been drawn in Group E, where they will face a tough task with Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonia Nicosia standing in their way of advancing to the knockout stages.

This year’s competition will see Cristiano Ronaldo make his debut in Europe’s second-tier club competition since 2002, when he appeared for Sporting Lisbon against Partizan Belgrade at the age of 17.

Sheriff will be looking to repeat his giant-killing exploits against United this term, with the Moldovan club claiming an unlikely 2-1 win away to Real Madrid in the Champions League last season. Group E will also see a return to Manchester for a midfielder David Silvawho joined Sociedad in 2020 after a highly successful decade at Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will battle it out in Group A alongside PSV, Bodo/Glimt and FC Zurich.

The draw means Van Nistelrooy will return to face Arsenal after enjoying a fierce rivalry during his five-year spell as a player at United, the height of which came when he missed a penalty against Arsenal in 2003, a landmark incident in north London. the club’s “Invincible” season.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho will face Manuel Pellegrini again when Conference League winners Roma take on Real Betis in Group C. Mourinho infamously replaced Pellegrini at Madrid in 2010, and the pair have clashed ever since, both in LaLiga and when Mourinho’s Chelsea overcame Pellegrini. Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2015.

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This season’s Europa League group stages will take place from September 8 to November 3, finishing weeks before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The knockout stages will begin on 16 February 2023, with the final scheduled to take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary on 31 May 2023.

GROUP A: Arsenal (England), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Bodo/Glimt (Norway), FC Zurich (Switzerland).

GROUP B: Dinamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Rennes (France), Fenerbahce (Turkey), AEK Larnaca (Cyprus).

GROUP C: AS Roma (Italy), Ludogorets (Bulgaria), Real Betis (Spain), HJK Helsinki (Finland).

GROUP D: SC Braga (Portugal), Malmo (Sweden), Union Berlin (Germany), St Gilloise (Belgium)

GROUP E: Manchester United (England), Real Sociedad (Spain), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Omonia (Cyprus).

GROUP F: Lazio (Italy), Feyenoord (Netherlands), Midtjylland (Denmark), Sturm Graz (Austria).

GROUP G: Olympiakos (Greece), Qarabag (Azerbaijan), SC Freiburg (Germany), Nantes (France).

GROUP H: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), AS Monaco (France), Ferencvaros (Hungary), Trabzonspor (Turkey).

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