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'Ronaldo stat padding against farmers from Cyprus': Fans react to Man United's Europa League draw

‘Ronaldo playing in Moldova and Cyprus on Thursday night is insane’: fans scoff at the prospect of the rowdy star playing in unglamorous Europa League games as he desperately tries to secure a transfer to a Champions League club

  • The draw for the Europa League of Manchester United has been announced
  • Erik ten Hag’s team has been drawn in Group E of the competition
  • The club will compete against Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonia
  • Fans on social media were quick to share their thoughts on United’s draw

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The Europa League draw has been confirmed and Manchester United embark on their first group stage campaign in the competition since 2019, having been drawn into Group E alongside Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and AC Omonia.

United qualified for the league after falling to sixth place in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick in a season to forget.

After their first Premier League win of the season under new boss Erik ten Hag, United have discovered their group stage opponents for the upcoming campaign in UEFA’s second intercontinental league.

The Europa League group stage draw for 2022/23 was finalized in Istanbul on Thursday

The Europa League group stage draw for 2022/23 was finalized in Istanbul on Friday

Manchester United have been drawn against Omonia led by former Celtic coach Neil Lennon

Manchester United have been drawn against Omonia led by former Celtic coach Neil Lennon

Manchester United have been drawn against Omonia led by former Celtic coach Neil Lennon

Should Cristiano Ronaldo stay at United this summer despite his expressed intentions to leave the club for Champions League football, it will be the first time since 2002 that the Portuguese striker has not been featured in UEFA’s main club competition.

Fans on social media were quick to joke about the quality of the three-time Champions League winning opponents, including whitefish Omonia, who qualified for the competition despite finishing seventh in the 12-team Cypriot First Division last season.

@vestergaard_G63 joked on Twitter: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo stat padding against farmers from Cyprus. Ammonia FC. Who would have thought?

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Social media fans joked about the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo playing Lennon's side

Social media fans joked about the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo playing Lennon's side

Social media fans joked about the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo playing Lennon’s side

One user added: ‘Ronaldo is going to Moldova HAHAHAH’

@hmcallaghan wrote: ‘Ronaldo is really going to play against Scientific name clubs Omonia Nicosa una #MUFC’

Another user joked: ‘Ronaldo playing Thursday night in Moldova and Cyprus is insane’

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Another user joked, “Naah, this is going to be Ronaldo’s last straw. Omonia Nicosia’

Omonia is currently led by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who led the team to victory in the Cypriot Cup last season to earn their Europa League berth. Lennon also led the team to a 4-0 aggregate win over Belgium’s Gent to secure their spot in the group stage.

United fans online further lamented the distance it took to travel to follow United’s team in their European performance this season.

Real Sociedad’s Reale Arena is the closest to their opponents’ Old Trafford ground, but is still more than 700 miles as the crow flies.

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One user wrote: ‘Two brutal Thursday night trips for #mufc. Ominoia in Cyprus and Tiraspol in Moldova.’

Another added: ‘A few miles to travel in that group for #MUFC #UELdraw’

@abhired07 agreed: ‘The worst possible group in terms of travel!’

Ten Hag will have to deal with a seriously overloaded playlist in the run-up to the winter break for the 2022 World Cup, with the entire group stage campaign of the Europa League taking place between September 8 and November 3.


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