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Manchester United's opponents for the 2019/20 Europa League group stage have been confirmed.

The Reds were drawn in Group L with Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar during the procedure in Monaco.

It means United will face two long journeys, to Kazakhstan and Serbia, and a relatively short trip to the Netherlands.

WHEN WILL THE FIXTURES TAKE PLACE?

The schedule for our six group games was announced a few hours after the draw on Friday afternoon and is as follows:

Astana (H) - 19 September, 20:00 BST
AZ Alkmaar (A) - 3 October, 17:55 BST
Partizan Belgrade (A) - 24 October, 17:55 BST
Partizan Belgrade (H) - 7 November, 20:00 GMT
Astana (A) - 28 November, 15:50 GMT
AZ Alkmaar (H) - 12 December, 20:00 GMT

HAVE WE PLAYED THEM BEFORE?

The Reds have never previously encountered Astana and they will be our first-ever opponents from Kazakhstan.

We have not faced AZ Alkmaar before either, despite playing several other Dutch sides on 17 occasions during our history.

We have, however, played against Partizan Belgrade in the past but only when Matt Busby's United team lost over two legs in the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1966.

George Best in action for Manchester United against Partizan Belgrade in 1966
George Best was involved in our 1966 tie against Partizan Belgrade.

OUR RECORD IN THE TOURNAMENT

This year will be the 10th time we have participated in the Europa League (or the UEFA Cup if we include its former guise), although two of those campaigns followed our mid-season elimination from the Champions League.

The first time the Reds played in the competition was in 1976/77, when we were defeated in the second round by Italian giants Juventus, who won 3-1 over two legs.

United last featured in the Europa League in 2016/17, when we won the tournament after beating Ajax 2-0 in the final. That year, the Reds played Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk in the group stage and knocked out Saint Etienne, Rostov, Anderlecht and Celta Vigo en route to the showpiece final in Stockholm.

Manchester United players celebrate winning the 2017 Europa League.
The Reds have the won the Europa League just once, in 2017.
FULL DRAW:

GROUP A
Sevilla
Apoel
Qarabag
Dudelange

GROUP B
Dynamo Kiev
Copenhagen
Malmo
Lugano

GROUP C
FC Basel
Krasnodar
Getafe
Trabzonspor

GROUP D
Sporting Lisbon
PSV Eindhoven
Rosenborg
LASK

GROUP E
Lazio
Celtic
Rennes
Cluj

GROUP F
Arsenal
Eintracht Frankfurt
Standard Liege
Vitoria

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GROUP G
Porto
Young Boys
Feyenoord
Rangers

GROUP H
CSKA Moscow
Ludogorets
Espanyol
Ferencvaros

GROUP I
Wolfsburg
Gent
Saint Etienne
Olexandriya

GROUP J
Roma
Borussia Monchengladbach
Istanbul Basaksehir
Wolfsberg

GROUP K
Besiktas
Braga
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Slovan Bratislava

GROUP L
Manchester United

FC Astana
Partizan Belgrade
AZ Alkmaar

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