Manchester United found themselves dumped in the Europa League this season, largely down to Louis van Gaal’s poor tactics and dull style of play. The baton has been picked up by Jose Mourinho, and his side will be doing their utmost to succeed in all competitions.
Today the group stage draw took place, and Manchester United’s task could’ve certainly been a lot easier. Although that’s probably a good thing for the fringe players who’ll be looking to force their way into the team on a more permanent basis.
The first name out of the hat was Fenerbahce. The Turkish side will pose a considerable threat to Manchester United, particularly away from home in that hostile atmosphere. It’ll also be a great return to the Theatre of Dreams for Robin van Persie, who never really got the sendoff he deserved.
Feyenoord were the second team to join Manchester United in Group A. In recent years, the Dutch side have tended to always be the bridesmaid to both PSV Eindhoven and Ajax, and have gone over fifteen years without an Eredivisie title.
Finally, Ukranian side Zorya Luhansk were placed into Manchester United’s group. These are obviously a side you’d fully expect Manchester United to beat both home and away. Perhaps the journey to and from the other side of Europe will be the toughest part about this fixture, because if the lads play to their capabilities, we could be looking at a cricket score.
Group A in full: