Man United draw in Europa League with Real Sociedad, Arsenal with PSV

Man United draw in Europa League with Real Sociedad, Arsenal with PSV

GENEVA – Manchester United will start the next season of the Europa League in a group with Real Sociedad, Sheriff and Omonia after a draw on Friday.

Man United, who won the Europa League in 2017 and lost in the final two years ago, entered the second-tier competition having finished sixth in the Premier League last season.

It was unclear on Friday whether Cristiano Ronaldo would still be at the club for the first leg of the match on September 8, with much speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford, this time to Napoli. is in the Champions League. On Thursday, Napoli were drawn in the same group as Liverpool.

The draw sees United once again face long-time Manchester City favorite David Silva, who has returned to Spain to play for Sociedad, and the draw includes two of the longest ever away trips – Moldova and to Cyprus

Russia’s war in Ukraine has affected Man United’s tour with Sheriff playing their European home games in Chisinau instead of their home city of Tiraspol. Tiraspol is in The Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria which borders Ukraine.

UEFA Decided in June Stop playing sheriff in Tiraspol because of “large-scale military violence as a result of the invasion of Ukrainian territory by the Russian army.” Russian teams are also currently banned from all UEFA competitions.

Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv – who will play their home games in neighboring Poland – will face Rennes, Fenerbahce and AEK Larnaca.

Arsenal’s fifth Europa League campaign in six seasons will be in a group with PSV Eindhoven – coached by former United striker Rod van Nistelrooy – Bodø/Glimt and Zurich.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is back in the competition he won with Man United five years ago. The Europa League title holders were drawn in a group with Ludogorets, Real Betis and HJK Helsinki.

The group stage draw in the third-tier Europa Conference League took place on Friday at the same venue in Istanbul, which also hosted the Champions League draw on Thursday.

Lazio was one of the top teams and was in a group with Feyenoord, Midtjylland and Sturmgroz.

The Europa League season kicks off on September 8 and ends on November 3, a month earlier than usual. This is because the World Cup in Qatar starts on November 20.

The six-round group stage games are just eight full weeks before the winter break until the knockout play-off stage begins on February 16.

The group winners advance directly to the round of 16 in March and the second round where eight teams qualify from the Champions League after finishing third in a group.

The Europa League final will be held on May 31 at the 65,000-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

The third-placed teams in the Europa League groups in November advance to the knockout play-offs in the third-tier Europa Conference League.

Europa League teams share about 465 million euros ($605 million) in UEFA prize money.

Each team receives an initial fee of 3.63 million euros ($4.72 million) for each victory in the group stage, as well as 819,000 euros and 273,000 euros for each victory. The payouts increase to progress through each knockout round.

A team that starts in the Europa group stage and eventually wins the title can earn UEFA prize money of around 40 million euros ($52 million). That’s about a third of the expected earnings in Champions League prize money.

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