Manchester United to face La Liga leaders in Europa League


Nyon: Manchester United have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League last 32 knockout stage where they will face current Spanish league leaders Real Sociedad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished third in their Champions League group and dropped into the second tier competition after last week’s defeat by RB Leipzig.

The clash with Sociedad will see United come up against former Manchester City favourite David Silva, now back in his homeland where he has inspired Sociedad to their excellent start to the domestic season.

The draw also produced a clash between two former European champions with AC Milan facing Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade while French league leaders Lille face Ajax Amsterdam in a fascinating tie.

Premier League strugglers Arsenal also have a tough draw against Portugal’s Benfica but their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are top of the league, will be happier with their tie against Austrian club Wolfsberger.

The first legs will be played on February 18

The draw

Wolfsberger (Austria) v Tottenham (England)

Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) v Brugge (Belgium)

Real Sociedad (Spain) v Manchester United (England)

Benfica (Portugal) v Arsenal (England)

Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) v AC Milan (Italy)

Royal Antwerp (Belgium) v Rangers (Scotland)

Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) v Leicester (England)

Salzburg (Austria) v Villarreal (Spain)

Braga (Portugal) v Roma (Italy)

Krasnodar (Russia) v Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

Young Boys (Switzerland) v Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Molde (Norway) v Hoffenheim (Germany)

Granada (Spain) v Napoli (Italy)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) v Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Lille (France) v Ajax (Netherlands)

Olympiakos (Greece) v PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)