“It keeps everyone on their feet” – Solskjaer reacts to Manchester United’s Europa League draw against Real Sociedad

The Red Devils boss feels that equality with the leaders of the League is similar to equality that his side could receive in the Champions League.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying the opportunity to face the head of the Royal League in the Europa League last 32.

Solskjaer’s side fell 3-2 to RB Leipzig last week in their Champions League group stage final, transferring them to the Europa League.

Their draw for the last 32 is tough, as the Red Devils will face off against the senior Sociedad, who currently lead The League after winning seven and drawing five of their first 13 matches.

Although disappointed by his side’s inability to reach the knockout round of the Champions League, Solskjaer believes United’s draw in the Europa League is reminiscent of one they would receive in Europe’s top club competition.

“It sounds like a champion league and it’s definitely one that keeps everyone on their feet,” he told United’s official website.

“They are the highest team in La Liga right now ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. I have watched them a few times and they are an exciting team and it will be a test for us.

“We have tough games around that period. There is no time when we can turn off and feel that it is an easy Europa League championship, this is like a championship league – they are top of the Spanish league. We just have to stay focused. “

United will have the opportunity to face their former player Adnan Januzaj in the Europa League draw, with the Belgian coming through United’s academy after signing at 16.

Januzaj signed with Sociedad in 2017 and established himself as a regular with the League side, scoring two goals in 13 total appearances that season.

Solskjaer will take care of facing Januzaj, a player he knows will enter the two-legged tie with a point to prove.

“They work with high intensity and some high-quality players and of course have our own Adnan,” Solskjaer added. “They also have some experienced players and some young, upcoming players.

“Everyone who plays against Man Utd wants to show what could be and what Adnan has done well in his career.

“It’s always hard to see where you’re going after Man Utd and he’s one of those guys you hope will get here. It wasn’t like that, now we’ll have to make sure he doesn’t go enjoy his return!”

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