The Red Devils boss thinks the vote with the leaders is like a draw his team could have got in the Champions League
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the chance to face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the Europa League for the past 32 years.
Solskjaer’s side fell 3-2 in the final of the Champions League group stage last week against RB Leipzig and were transferred to the Europa League.
The draw in the last 32 games is tough as the Red Devils will face the soaring Sociedad, who are currently leading the league after winning seven and drawing five of their first 13 games.
While disappointed with his side’s inability to make the Champions League knockout round, Solskjaer believes United’s Europa League draw is reminiscent of one they would have received in top European club competition.
“It sounds like a Champions League draw and it’s definitely one that will keep everyone busy,” he told United’s official website.
“They are the team that is currently at the top of the league, ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. I’ve seen them a couple of times and they are an exciting team and it will be a test for us.
“We have some difficult games during this time. There is no time when we can switch off and feel like it’s an easy Europa League draw. This feels like a Champions League draw – they are the best in the Spanish league. We just have to stay focused. “
United have the chance to play their former player Adnan Januzaj in the Europa League. The Belgian graduated from United Academy at the age of 16 after signing.
Januzaj signed with Sociedad in 2017 and established himself as a regular player in the league. That season he scored two goals in 13 games.
Solskjaer will be careful to face Januzaj. A player who he knows will enter the two-leg duel with a point to be proven.
“They work hard with high intensity and some highly skilled players and of course they have our own Adnan,” added Solskjaer. “You also have some experienced players and some young, up-and-coming players.
“Everyone who plays against Man Utd wants to show what could have been and Adnan has done well in his career.
“It’s always difficult to see where you’re going to go after Man Utd and he’s one of those guys that you hope will make it here. It shouldn’t be, now we have to make sure he doesn’t. ” enjoy his return! “