Europa League draw – Man United face tricky task; Arsenal to reunite with Van Nistelrooy, PSV

Manchester United pulled off a tough draw in the 2022-23 Europa League group stage, while Arsenal are set to take on Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV Eindhoven.

United finished sixth in the Premier League last season meaning they missed out on Champions League football this season and took part in Friday’s draw against Arsenal, who are returning to European competition after a year’s hiatus.

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Erik ten Hag’s side have been drawn into Group E where they face a difficult task as Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonia Nicosia stand in the way of progressing to the knockout rounds.

This year’s competition will see Cristiano Ronaldo make his first appearance in Europe’s second-tier club competition since 2002, when he represented Sporting Lisbon at the age of 17 against Partizan Belgrade.

Sheriff will look to repeat his exploits against United this season as the Moldovan club clinched an unlikely 2-1 win at Real Madrid in the Champions League last season. Group E also returns to Manchester midfielder David Silva, who joined Sociedad in 2020 after a hugely successful decade at Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in Group A alongside PSV, Bodo/Glimt and FC Zurich.

The draw means Van Nistelrooy will return to Arsenal after a fierce rivalry during his five-year tenure as a United player, which culminated when he missed a penalty against Arsenal in 2003, a significant event at north London clubs’ Invincible” season.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho meets Manuel Pellegrini again when Conference League winners Roma take on Real Betis in Group C. Mourinho replaced Pellegrini in Madrid in 2010 and the two have since clashed in both LaLiga and when Mourinho’s Chelsea defeated Pellegrinis Manchester City to the 2015 Premier League title.

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The group stage of this year’s Europa League will take place from September 8th to November 3rd, concluding weeks before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The knockout stage begins on February 16, 2023, with the final taking place on May 31, 2023 at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

GROUP A: Arsenal (England), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Bodo/Glimt (Norway), FC Zurich (Switzerland).

GROUP B: Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Rennes (France), Fenerbahce (Turkey), AEK Larnaca (Cyprus).

GROUP C: AS Roma (Italy), Ludogorets (Bulgaria), Real Betis (Spain), HJK Helsinki (Finland).

GROUP D: SC Braga (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden), Union Berlin (Germany), St Gilloise (Belgium)

GROUP E: Manchester United (England), Real Sociedad (Spain), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Omonia (Cyprus).

GROUP F: Lazio (Italy), Feyenoord (Netherlands), Midtjylland (Denmark), Sturm Graz (Austria).

GROUP G: Olympiakos (Greece), Qarabag (Azerbaijan), SC Freiburg (Germany), Nantes (France).

GROUP H: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), AS Monaco (France), Ferencvaros (Hungary), Trabzonspor (Turkey). Europa League draw – Man United face tricky task; Arsenal to reunite with Van Nistelrooy, PSV

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