The UEFA Europa League 2022-23 group stage draw was conducted on Friday, August 26 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Manchester United, who entered the draw seeded in Pot 1, earned a favourable draw. They are clubbed with Spain’s Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia.
Erik Ten Hag’s UEL campaign with the Red Devils won’t have any early tricky hurdles as the club embark on a quest to win European silverware for the first time since 2016–17.
United’s English rivals Arsenal were the first team to be drawn at the UEL 2022-23 group stage draw. The Gunners, finalists in 1999-00 and 2018-19, will play in Group A alongside PSV Eindhoven, FC Zurich (Switzerland) and newcomers Bodo/Glimt (Norway).
AS Roma, the last of the top three seeded teams ahead of the Europa League draw, will face Ludogrets, Real Betis and HJK Helsinki in Group C. They entered the draw as the first-ever champions of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Jose Mourinho, the first and only coach to win all three major UEFA competitions, will be aiming for more European silverware.
Roma’s city rivals Lazio were drawn with Dutch giants Feyenoord, Midtjylland (Denmark), Sturm Graz (Austria) in Group F.
UEFA Europa League 2022-23 group stage draw
Group A: Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Bodø/Glimt, Zürich
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv, Rennes, Fenerbahçe, AEK Larnaca
Group C: AS Roma, Ludogorets, Real Betis, HJK Helsinki
Group D: Sporting Braga, Malmö, Union Berlin, St-Gilloise
Group E: Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sheriff, Omonoia
Group F: Lazio, Feyenoord, Midtjylland, Sturm Graz
Group G: Olympiacos, Qarabağ, Freiburg, Nantes
Group H: Crvena zvezda, Monaco, Ferencváros, Trabzonspor
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