When is the round of 32 Europa League draw?
Manchester United’s defeat to RB Leipzig means the Reds will play in the Europa League in the new year.
A third-place finish in the group saw us miss out on the knock-out stages of Champions League and instead drop into the Europa League draw.
It’s a competition we’re familiar with after last season’s run to the semi-finals, and Ole will be hoping to add another European trophy to United’s collection in this campaign’s competition.
As the Reds wait to discover our opponents in the Europa League, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the round-of-32 draw…
WHEN AND WHERE?
The draw will take place on Monday 14 December from 12:00 GMT and will be conducted live from the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow live updates on our Official App, or at ManUtd.com.
WHO ELSE IS IN THE DRAW?
United are one of 26 confirmed sides that will be in Monday’s draw with the other six spots to be filled on Thursday night upon completion of the final round of Europa League group-stage fixtures.
Eighteen of those sides have qualified via their Europa League group, while the Reds, along with Krasnodar, Club Brugge, Dynamo Kiev, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiacos and Ajax will compete in the Europa League after finishing third in the respective Champions League groups.
Here’s the full list of sides already in Monday’s draw:
AC Milan, Ajax, Antwerp, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Braga, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Granada, Hoffenheim, Krasnodar, Leicester City, Lille, Olympiacos, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, RB Salzburg, Red Star Belgrade, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Slavia Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, UNITED, Villarreal.
Due to competition regulations, no sides from the same Europa League group, or league, can draw each other until the following round, meaning the Reds can’t be paired with another English club during Monday’s draw.
ARE THE REDS SEEDED?
United finished our Champions League group with the highest point tally for a third-placed side, meaning we're one of four sides dropping into the Europa League who will be seeded for Monday's draw. Ajax, Club Brugge and Shakhtar Donetsk are also in the top half of the draw, along with the 12 Europa League group winners, five of which have confirmed so far, including Arsenal, Roma and Villarreal.
From the sides United could be paired with in the unseeded half of the draw, only five have been confirmed: Red Star Belgrade, Dynamo Kiev, Krasnodar, Olympiacos and RB Salzburg. The other potential 11 team will be determined on Thursday. It's also worth noting, that as a seeded club, we'll play the first leg of our last-32 tie away from home before the second leg at Old Trafford.
WHEN WILL THE TIES BE PLAYED?
The round-of-32 games will be spaced a week apart from each other in the new year. The first legs are scheduled to take place on 18 February, before the return legs seven days later on 25 February.