Another season in the Europa League. The joys of it.
The Europa League is set to return with the group-stage draw taking place at 12pm.
In the group-stage draw, 32 teams will be in the pot. Then, teams are split into four seeding pots.
Although the Europa League is a second-rate competition, it provides Manchester United a route into the Champions League next season, which will be Erik ten Hag’s ultimate aim for the coming season.
Ten Hag could also achieve Champions League qualification by finishing in the Premier League’s top four, but that won’t be an easy feat after collecting just 3 points from United’s first 3 games of the season.
Of course, United last won the Europa League in 2017 under Jose Mourinho, and we all had fond memories from that feat.
Who can Manchester United get in the Europa League group-stages?
However, in the Europa League this season, United are joined by Arsenal, Lazio, Braga, Rennes, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Union Berlin, Freiburg and Nantes.
Other clubs include Strum Graz, Union Saint-Gilloise, Qarabag, Red Star Belgrade, Dynamo Kyiv and Midtylland.
The group-stages start on September 8 and today’s draw will take place in Istanbul. United’s other group stage matches will take place on September 15, October 6, 13, 27 and November 3.
Let us know in the comments section who you would like to see United get in the Europa group-stages.