The Europa League, on the other hand, contains plenty of quality, but of a more manageable variety. The last 32 offers a multitude of sides comfortable in possession, that will try to bring the game to United and allow us more opportunities to counter-attack than the majority of Premier League clubs.
We’ve conceded in just one of our six matches in the competition this season, and kept a clean sheet in seven of our last 10 games in the Europa League at Old Trafford, dating back to 2016.
Bar that match in Astana – where we conceded twice, with an extremely young side – we’re unbeaten for over three years.
Of course, it’s still a sizeable task to win this year’s edition, with a relatively young team, injuries to key personnel and estimable opponents littering the draw for the knockout rounds.
But, given the added benefit of Champions League qualification should we succeed, reclaiming the pot we seized three years ago in Sweden should be right at the top of the club’s to-do list.
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