Who will Manchester United and Arsenal face in the Europa League group stage? | Football

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Manchester United and Arsenal will compete in this season’s Europa League (Pictures: Michael Regan/Getty/Michael Zemanek/Shutterstock)

Manchester United and Arsenal will be in European action this week with the return of the Europa League group stage.

Arsenal were agonizingly pipped to Champions League football by arch rivals Tottenham on the last day of the 2021/22 season after spending much of the year in the top four.

Meanwhile, Manchester United suffered a miserable season under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, with the Old Trafford side never in contention for the Champions League and only securing Europa League football by pipping West Ham to sixth place.

Both English clubs have suffered Europa League final heartbreak in recent seasons.

Arsenal lost to Chelsea in the all-London final in 2019, whilst United were beaten in a mammoth penalty shootout to Spanish side Villarreal in 2021.

Here is what you need to know about Manchester United and Arsenal’s participation in this season’s Europa League.

Who will Manchester United play in the Europa League?

Manchester United begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday, September 8 at 8pm.

United will host Spanish side Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on matchday one.

They then face a trip to Eastern Europe to face Moldovan Champions FC Sheriff on September 15.

United will be on the road once again when they travel to Cyprus to face Omonia on October 6.


Manchester United’s Europa League fixtures

Manchester United’s Europa League group stage fixtures:

  • Manchester United vs Real Soceidad (September 8, 8pm)
  • FC Sheriff vs Manchester United (September 15, 5.45pm)
  • Omonia vs Manchester United (October 6, 5.45pm)
  • Manchester United vs Omonia (October 13, 8pm)
  • Manchester United vs Sheriff (October 27, 8pm)
  • Real Sociedad vs Manchester United (November 3, 5.45pm)

Manchester United lifting the Europa League trophy in 2017

Manchester United won the Europa League in 2017 (Picture: Alex Grimm/Getty)

Who will Arsenal play in the Europa League?

Arsenal start the Europa League group stage with an away day in Switzerland to take on Swiss Super League side FC Zurich on Thursday, September 8 at 5.45pm.

Arsenal will return to London on September 15 to face PSV, who dropped down to the Europa League after being knocked out by Rangers in the Champions League play-off round.

The Gunners will be on hosting duties once again, with Norwegians Bodo/Glimt making the journey to the Emirates on October 6.


Arsenal’s Europa League fixtures

Arsenal’s Europa League group stage fixtures:

  • FC Zurich vs Arsenal (September 8, 5.45pm)
  • Arsenal vs PSV (September 15, 8pm)
  • Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt (October 6, 8pm)
  • Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal (October 13, 5.45pm)
  • PSV vs Arsenal (October 27, 5.45pm)
  • Arsenal vs FC Zurich (November 3, 8pm)

How to watch the Europa League on TV

The Europa League will once again be shown live on BT Sport, who have exclusive rights to this year’s competition in the UK.

Fans will be able to keep up to date with the action as it happens by tuning into The Goals Show on BT, which will show all of the important moments from across the Europa League and Conference League.

Viewers who haven’t got access to BT Sport will be able to purchase a monthly pass for £25, with BT broadband not required to watch the action on BT’s app and web player.

Full subscription to BT Sport starts from £16 a month, with a package containing BT, Sky, and Eurosport available for £41 a month.

Highlights of the Europa League will be shown for free on BT Sport’s YouTube channel.

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