For the upcoming season, although it hurts, Manchester United will take part in the Europa League.
Not playing in the Champions League this term will forever leave a sour taste in the mouth, particularly as we came to close to pulling off the impossible and finishing in the top four.
Well today, the draw was made for the Europa League, with United always likely to be handed a favourable draw due to coming out of pot one.
United confirmed that they’ve been placed in a group with FC Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar. Although they’ll be some lengthy away days in there, it should leave the Old Trafford outfit feeling confident.
What’s most exciting to me is the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has the chance to put his trust in the mega-talented youngsters at this club. The summer clearout is now well underway, and though the squad is looking a little thin – I’d much prefer to see it free from the dead-wood that has been rotting United from the inside.
For the fans, a trip to Kazakhstan is something new, an away day in Serbia doesn’t come around all-too-often, either. Holland and AZ Alkmaar will be the most popular one, I suspect…
Things kick off next month and we’ll bring you the confirmed fixture dates as soon as we know them.