After finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, Manchester United knew they would be facing a campaign in European football’s second-tier competition.
The prospect of having to Google teams to find out who they are, the long and demanding away trips to far-off places, and the oh-so troublesome Thursday-Sunday night game combinations make it a real difficult competition to embrace.
And it’s fair to say that after the group stage draw on Friday afternoon, the Red Devils will know they are fully involved in the rigours of Europa League football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will take on Kazakhstan’s FC Astana, Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade and the Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar as they look to progress into the last 32 of the competition.
After hearing about who they will be facing, United fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the group stage draw.
Many supporters of the Manchester side felt the draw perfectly encapsulated what Europa League football means, and insisted the teams involved in their group just made the competition “even more boring”.
Some Red Devils fans however even suggested they would probably finish bottom of the group and get knocked out at the first stage.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
— Luke (@Labile_Life) 30 August 2019
Most Europa League group possible
— Ecriom (@Ecriom) 30 August 2019
Scenes when we end up 4th of the group
— Zénon (@zenmdee) 30 August 2019
Awful group. Makes the competition even more boring.
— Calum (@UtdDrip) 30 August 2019
We’re coming 4th boys
— josh??????? (@Josh_nTR) 30 August 2019
We should make it out of the group stages at the very least pic.twitter.com/uv6eh8Hyyo
— The Maz (@TheMaz7) 30 August 2019
We will still pray and panic to qualify
— Certified Shooter (@Fortunefilmzng) 30 August 2019
Literally know none of the teams until I see AZ who I have a vague idea about where they play. This really is the Europa League.
— SarSZN (@SznSar) 30 August 2019