Europa League group-stage draw

Friday 26 August 2022 12:44

Manchester United have been drawn in Group E of the Europa League.

Erik ten Hag's first European expedition as Reds boss will feature matches against Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonia Nicosia.

The group winners advance directly to the round of 16, while the runners-up meet the eight teams who finish third in the Champions League pools. Clubs finishing third transfer to the UEFA Conference League.

The Europa League final is to be staged in Budapest on Wednesday 31 May, 2023.

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The Reds faced Real Sociedad last year in the Europa League but the away leg, a 4-0 victory, was held in Turin. The second leg finished goalless at Old Trafford.

We also met the Spanish side in 2013, in the Champions League, winning 1-0 through an early Inigo Martinez own-goal in the home leg before another 0-0 draw. 

The club has never faced opposition from Moldova or Cyprus before so these represent great trips for our supporters.

Transnistria-based Sheriff Tiraspol squeezed past Pyunik on penalties to reach this stage, while Omonia are managed by Neil Lennon, the former Leicester City and Celtic midfielder.

We did lose 3-0 to Maccabi Haifia in Omonia's stadium back in October 2002, with the game unable to be held in Israel.


GROUP A: Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Bodo/Glimt, FC Zurich.

GROUP B: Dynamo Kiev, Rennes, Fenerbahce, AEK Larnaca.

GROUP C: Roma, Ludogorets, Real Betis, HJK Helsinki.

GROUP D: Braga, Malmo, Union Berlin, Union Saint-Gilloise.

GROUP E: UNITED, Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tirasol, Omonia Nicosia.

GROUP F: Lazio, Feyenoord, Midtjylland, Sturm Graz.

GROUP G: Olympiacos, Qarabag, Freiburg, Nantes.

GROUP H: Red Star Belgrade, Monaco, Ferencvaros, Trabzonspor.

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Matchday 1: 8 September 
Matchday 2: 15 September 
Matchday 3: 6 October 
Matchday 4: 13 October 
Matchday 5: 27 October 
Matchday 6: 3 November 

Fixtures will be announced in due course, by Saturday morning at the latest.