Record Premier League champions Manchester United will play current La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 as decided by the draw held in Nyon, Switzerland today.
Manchester United, UEL champions in 2016-17, were knocked out in the group stages in the UEFA Champions League after finishing third and will play in the UEFA Europa League for the rest of the season.
Current Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur drew Austrian team Wolfsberger in the UEL Round of 32. The in-form Tottenham will be chasing their first European trophy since 1983-84, when they won the UEFA Cup, while it is a maiden appearance in the UEFA Europa League knockouts for Wolfsberger. Football fans in India can watch the UEFA Europa League live in India.
Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal, who went through the group stages with a 100 per cent win record, face record Portuguese champions Benfica. Arsenal came close to winning the UEL in 2018-19, before falling to fellow Londoners Chelsea.
The fourth English team in the UEL, Leicester City will play Czech team Slavia Prague in the Round of 32.
Italian giants AC Milan meanwhile face Serbian team FK Crvena Zvezda in their bid to win a first UEFA Europa League trophy. Milan have tasted a lot of success in Europe before, winning the UEFA Champions League seven times, the second-most in history.
UEFA Europa League draw, Round of 32 schedule
The first leg of the UEL Round of 32 fixtures will take place on February 18, with the second leg scheduled for a week later, on February 25. The kickoff times will be announced later.
Wolfsberger vs Tottenham Hotspur
Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United
Benfica vs Arsenal
FK Crvena Zvezda vs AC Milan
Royal Antwerp vs Rangers
Slavia Prague vs Leicester City
Red Bull 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
What’s new in the UEFA Europa League?
The knock-out stages from quarter-finals of the 2019-20 edition of the UEFA Europa League were played as a single-legged tie in Germany’s Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. The competition will, however, revert to two-legged ties for this season.
UEFA has also decided to continue with the five-substitute rule for the new UEL season, which means can include 23 players in their squad for the competition.
Moreover, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will only be used from the knockout stages of the competition apart from allowing five substitutions, which has been in place since the group stages.
Where to watch the UEFA Europa League live in India?
Sony holds the broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa League in India. Select UEL matches will be telecast on the Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX and their respective HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of UEL in India will be available on SonyLIV.