Man Utd faces Real Society; Benfica against Arsenal

Manchester United were drawn against Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 32, while Arsenal will face Benfica.

United have fallen into the Europa League after their elimination from the Champions League at the group stage and face a difficult clash against the leaders of La Liga.

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The two sides met in the group stage of the Champions League in 2013-14, with United winning 1-0 at Old Trafford and drawing 0-0 at Anoeta.

Former United Academy graduate Adnan Januzaj will return to Old Trafford for the first time since he left the club in 2017.

Arsenal and Benfica face off for the first time since 1991, when the Portuguese side beat the Gunners in the second round.

Two former European champions meet in Red Star Belgrade and AC Milan, while Roma have a hard time traveling to Braga. Tottenham will face Austrian side Wolfsburger, who have reached the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time. The first parts will be on February 18 with returns on February 25

Owners Sevilla will not defend their trophy as they are in the 16th final of the Champions League, while last season’s second season Inter Milan were relegated from Europe’s main competition at the group stage.

European League 32-round draw

Wolfsburger against Tottenham Hotspur

Dynamo Kiev against Club Bruges

Real Sociedad against Manchester United

Benfica against Arsenal

Red Star Belgrade against AC Milan

Royal Antwerp against Guards

Slavia Prague against Leicester City

FC Salzburg vs. Villarreal

Panties against AS Roma

Krasnodar against Dynamo Zagreb

Young Boys against Bayer Leverkusen

Mold against TSG Hoffenheim

Granada against Naples

Maccabi Tel Aviv against Shahtar Donetsk

Lille against Ajax Amsterdam

Olympiakos Vs. PSV Eindhoven

What to expect (by Mark Ogden)

The knockout stages of the Europa League promise to be harder than ever with the draw for the 32nd round including the leaders of the English, French, Spanish, German and Italian leagues.

With the contestants winning a direct qualification for next season’s Champions League, the race to the final in Gdansk will be intense with such a huge prize at stake. And the biggest clubs in the Europa League had mixed fortunes when the draw for the 32nd round was made on Monday.

Wolfsberger AC vs. Tottenham

Already having won high-rise Austrian leagues LASK Linz in the group stage, Spurs do not have to worry against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC, who are mid-table and out of the European places in their domestic competition.

Midfielder Michael Liendl, with four goals in five group games, will be the biggest threat against Spurs, but Jose Mourinho will be able to rest his star players for this draw and still confidently wait.

Who qualifies ?: Spurs

Real Sociedad against Manchester United

The tie of the round, but also the worst possible draw for two clubs with genuine ambitions to win the Europa League this season.

The Real one are the surprise leaders of The League, with former Manchester City midfielder David Silva inspiring the team to the top of the table. Former United midfielder Adnan Januzaj is another player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

Falling into the Europa League of the Champions League, United would hope for a much easier draw and they will have to be best to succeed through this one.

Who qualifies ?: Manchester United

Benfica against Arsenal

A Champions League match played in the Europa League – this is the harsh reality for these two big clubs before their 32nd match.

Benfica are second in Portugal now, while Arsenal are in the sixth bottom after their worst start of a league season. But when the game takes place in February, Arsenal are sure to come out of their downturn. Isn’t it?

Who qualifies ?: Arsenal

Red Star Belgrade against AC Milan

An overt clash between two European Cup winners of the 1990s, but one that sees the unbeaten leaders of the Serbian Super League face the unbeaten leaders of the Italian Serie A.

Red Star will be a tough opponent for Milan, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic still strong at 39, the Italian giants must be the favorites.

Who qualifies ?: AC Milan

Royal Antwerp against Guards

Steven Gerrard’s Guardians are unbeaten in all competitions this season and of course win the Scottish title for the first time since 2011, but their progress in Europe has been an unexpected bonus for the former Liverpool captain.

Rangers will be expected to win this tie and reach the Eighties, where they could secure a ‘Battle of Britain’ battle against one of the four remaining Premier League teams.

Who qualifies ?: Guards

Slavia Prague against Leicester

This looks like a comfortable tie for Leicester, but at Czechaj champions Slavia has an emerging team of homemade players who were able to beat German Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage, as well as record home and away victories against Nice.

Brendan Rodgers has a team more than capable of progressing, but Slavia is dangerous and Leicester will pay the price for any complacency.

Who qualifies ?: Leicester

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