The Europa League group stage concluded last night with the two Premier League teams, Arsenal and Manchester United, qualifying from their groups.
However, the Red Devils will be forced to play in the round of 16 after not scoring two goals in their last match against Real Sociedad and, consequently, finishing second in Group E.
This means Erik ten Hag’s side will have to deal with additional match congestion on their already hectic schedule to ensure they advance to the next round of the competition.
In the play-offs, they will draw one over the teams that have been relegated from the Champions League. They may face any of the following:
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Sporting Lisbon (BY)
Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
The draw will take place on November 7.
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Arsenal’s possible rivals
Mikel Arteta’s team did their job in their group stage matches by finishing as winners. This means the Gunners automatically have a spot in the round of 16 and will wait for the results of the playoff ties to find out their next opponent.
The round of 16 draw will take place on February 24.