Who Man United could play in the Europa League knockout round

Manchester United can seal qualification to the Europa League knockout stage with at least a draw against FC Sheriff on Thursday night.

The Red Devils are set to host the side from Moldova and manager Erik Ten Hag will know that as long as his team avoids defeat, they’ll be in the mix when next year’s knockout rounds commence. But who could the Premier League giants meet?

Well, as things currently stand in Group E, Real Sociedad sits top with 12 points, United are in second with nine points, FC Sheriff occupies third with three points and Omonia, who are already eliminated, remain rock-bottom with zero points.

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With two games to play, including tonight’s clash against FC Sheriff, it remains all to play for at the top of the table.

If United end up topping the group they’ll automatically qualify for the competition’s round of last 16, which will kick off in March next year.

However, if Ten Hag’s Red Devils fail to top Real Sociedad, and end up finishing second, they’ll be forced to play a two-legged play-off game in February against any one of the third-placed sides who have dropped down from the Champions League. Some of the teams this will likely include are Juventus, and La Liga duo Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

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