EUROPA LEAGUE

OLE’S UNITED FACE KAZAKH CHAL­LENGE

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Paris: Manch­ester United and last year’s fi­nal­ists Ar­se­nal head­line an English trio that also fea­tures Europa League new­com­ers Wolves while record five-time cham­pi­ons Sevilla fig­ure to be among the pri­mary con­tenders as the group stage be­gins Thurs­day. Roma and Lazio bid to end Italy’s two-decade wait for the ti­tle. Porto, PSV Eind­hoven and Feyeno­ord are the other for­mer Eu­ro­pean Cup win­ners in this com­pe­ti­tion.

United, Europa League win­ners in 2017, will host As­tana in Group L as Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side face op­po­nents from Kaza­khstan for the first time in club his­tory. Unai Emery’s Ar­se­nal visit Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt to kick off their cam­paign. Wolves, in their first Eu­ro­pean cam­paign since 1980, will meet Por­tuguese club Braga in their open­ing game at Mo­lineux. Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s team came through three ties just to reach the group stage. They beat Torino 5-3 on ag­gre­gate in the play-offs. Steven Ger­rard’s Rangers are at home to Jaap Stam’s Feyeno­ord.

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