Picking the toughest 3 opponents of the 16 teams United could face in Europa League

Manchester United will find out our Europa League opponents on Monday.

The teams entering the round of 32 have now been finalised after Thursday’s action.

United are among eight teams dropping down from the Champions League after agonisingly finishing third in Group H.

Fortunately United are one of the seeded teams, which means we avoid the likes of Ajax and AC Milan in the next round. A clash with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers is not on the agenda either.

United also cannot draw an English club, delaying for now a two-legged tie against Arsenal, Tottenham or Leicester.

The teams United can face

There is a potentially fascinating tie for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against his former club Molde.

They would be among the best possible draws, as would Antwerp, Slavia Prague, or Young Boys.

The three toughest opponents

Benfica: Every year Benfica are up there competing for the Portuguese title and this year is no different. They sit in second place with seven wins from nine games.

Their side boasts Jan Vertonghen, and an impressive young Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez who hopes to emulate Edinson Cavani.

Brazilian playmaker Everton Soares is a player to be wary of with five assists to his name so far.

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Dynamo Kiev: Nobody will be relishing a February trip to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev.

Kiev were a Champions League dropout like United, having been unfortunate enough to land in a group with Barcelona and Juventus.

Their biggest dangerman this season is Viktor Tsygankov, who has eight goals and three assists, which included a goal against Barcelona.

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Real Sociedad: United will want to avoid Spanish upstarts Real Sociedad, who sit in second place in La Liga.

Star man is winger Mikel Oyarzabal who has scored seven times this season already.

Sociedad were recently linked with Jesse Lingard by SkySports. He would be eligible to play if a loan went through.

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