Europa League Round Of 32: Man United Draws LaLiga Leaders, Arsenal Gets Benfica
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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 Solskjær'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 see United come up against former Manchester City favorite 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 in a fascinating tie.
Premier League strugglers Arsenal also have a tough draw against Portugal's Benfica but their local rivals Tottenham, who are top of the league, will be happier with their tie against Austrian club Wolfsberger.
Europa League Round of 32 Draw Results
(First named team plays first leg at home.)
Wolfsberger vs. Tottenham
Dynamo Kyiv vs. Club Brugge
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United
Benfica vs. Arsenal
Red Star Belgrade vs. AC Milan
Royal Antwerp vs. Rangers
Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City
RB Salzburg vs. Villarreal
Braga vs. AS Roma
Krasnodar vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Molde vs. Hoffenheim
Granada vs. Napoli
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Lille vs. Ajax
Olympiakos vs. PSV
First legs to be played on Feb. 18. Second legs to be played on Feb. 25. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on Feb. 26.