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Man Utd eye Real Sociedad in Europa League

Manchester United have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League last 32 knockout stage where they will face current Spanish league leaders Real Sociedad.
Manchester United have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League last 32 knockout stage where they will face current Spanish league leaders Real Sociedad. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finished third in their Champions League group and dropped into the second tier competition after last week's defeat by RB Leipzig. The clash with Sociedad will have United come up against former Manchester City favourite David Silva, now back in his homeland where he has inspired Sociedad to their excellent start to the domestic season. The draw also produced a clash between two former European champions with AC Milan facing Serbia's Red Star Belgrade while French league leaders Lille face Ajax Amsterdam in a fascinating tie. Premier League strugglers Arsenal also have a tough draw against Portugal's Benfica but their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are top of the league, will be happier with their tie against Austrian club Wolfsberger. EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League was made by European football ruling body UEFA on Monday and is as follows: Wolfsberg v Tottenham Hotspur Dynamo Kiev v Club Brugge Real Sociedad v Manchester United Benfica v Arsenal Red Star Belgrade v AC Milan Antwerp v Rangers Slavia Prague v Leicester City RB Salzburg v Villarreal Braga v Roma Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen Molde v Hoffenheim Granada v Napoli Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk Lille v Ajax Olympiacos v PSV Eindhoven First legs are played February 18 and second legs February 25 with the exception of Tottenham Hotspur v Wolfsberg on February 24. The final is May 26 in Gdansk, Poland. Australian Associated Press

Manchester United have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League last 32 knockout stage where they will face current Spanish league leaders Real Sociedad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finished third in their Champions League group and dropped into the second tier competition after last week's defeat by RB Leipzig.

The clash with Sociedad will have United come up against former Manchester City favourite David Silva, now back in his homeland where he has inspired Sociedad to their excellent start to the domestic season.

The draw also produced a clash between two former European champions with AC Milan facing Serbia's Red Star Belgrade while French league leaders Lille face Ajax Amsterdam in a fascinating tie.

Premier League strugglers Arsenal also have a tough draw against Portugal's Benfica but their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are top of the league, will be happier with their tie against Austrian club Wolfsberger.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League was made by European football ruling body UEFA on Monday and is as follows:

Wolfsberg v Tottenham Hotspur

Dynamo Kiev v Club Brugge

Real Sociedad v Manchester United

Benfica v Arsenal

Red Star Belgrade v AC Milan

Antwerp v Rangers

Slavia Prague v Leicester City

RB Salzburg v Villarreal

Braga v Roma

Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb

Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen

Molde v Hoffenheim

Granada v Napoli

Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk

Lille v Ajax

Olympiacos v PSV Eindhoven

First legs are played February 18 and second legs February 25 with the exception of Tottenham Hotspur v Wolfsberg on February 24.

The final is May 26 in Gdansk, Poland.

Australian Associated Press

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