Europa League last-32 draw: Manchester United face Real Sociedad whilst Arsenal will take on Benfica


Manchester United get David Silva and Adnan Januzaj’s Real Sociedad while Arsenal face Benfica in Europa League last 32 draw… but there’s better ties for Tottenham, Leicester and Rangers

  • Tottenham out in first tie, and face a trip to Austrian minnows Wolfsberger
  • Arsenal drawn against Benfica in difficult tie for Mikel Arteta’s side 
  • Manchester United also handed difficult opponent in LaLiga’s Real Sociedad
  • Leicester, meanwhile, face Slavia Prague, and Rangers face Royal Antwerp 

Manchester United have been handed a difficult tie against LaLiga leaders Real Sociedad in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

Having dropped into the competition following their early elimination from the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team now face a far from ideal tie against a side that currently tops the Spanish league on goals scored.

Arsenal also received a tricky last-32 tie against Portuguese giants Benfica in an outcome that will heap more pressure on their manager Mikel Arteta following poor domestic results.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United face a tough test against Real Sociedad

Manchester City legend David Silva (right) will face his old rivals United in the Europa League

Manchester City legend David Silva (right) will face his old rivals United in the Europa League

Manchester United are pulled out during the Europa League last 32 draw in Nyon, Switzerland

Manchester United are pulled out during the Europa League last 32 draw in Nyon, Switzerland

THE DRAW IN FULL

Wolfsberger AC vs Tottenham Hotspur

Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge

Real Sociedad vs Manchester United

Benfica vs Arsenal

Crvena Zvezda vs AC Milan

Royal Antwerp vs Rangers

Slavia Prague vs Leicester City

Salzburg vs Villarreal

Braga vs 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

Olympiacos vs PSV Eindhoven

First legs will be played on Thursday February 18; second legs on Thursday February 25

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham were handed a favourable draw against the Austrian side Wolfsberger, who have never advanced this far in Europa League football before.

The home second leg of Tottenham’s tie will be played 24 hours before the others on Wednesday February 24 because of a ‘city clash’ with Arsenal’s tie that means two games in the same area can’t be played on the same night.

Leicester City will be satisfied with their draw against Slavia Prague as they aim to make Europa League progress.

Rangers were paired with the Belgian club Royal Antwerp, who finished behind Spurs in the group phase.

The first leg matches will be played on Thursday February 18 with the return matches, except Tottenham’s, on Thursday February 25.

United were under the management of David Moyes when they last played Sociedad in the group stages of the 2013-14 Champions League. 

They won 1-0 at Old Trafford before drawing 0-0 in Spain.

Arsenal haven’t faced Benfica since the 1991-92 European Cup, when the Portuguese side beat them 4-2 on aggregate. 

In other stand-out ties, AC Milan will take on Red Star Belgrade, Napoli play Granada and Lille play Ajax. 

Villarreal have been matched with Red Bull Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen play Young Boys and Hoffenheim take on Molde.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal drew Benfica, which will be a tough test for the struggling Londoners

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal drew Benfica, which will be a tough test for the struggling Londoners

The full draw for the last 32 of the Europa League, featuring Leicester, Rangers and Tottenham

The full draw for the last 32 of the Europa League, featuring Leicester, Rangers and Tottenham

Steven Gerrard's Rangers are 27 games unbeaten and face Royal Antwerp in Europa League

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are 27 games unbeaten and face Royal Antwerp in Europa League

To recap the draw in full, as it happened, scroll down…