Europa League Draw 2019-20: Schedule of Dates for Round-of-32 Fixtures

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2019

Manchester United's English defender Ashley Young (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Manchester United's English striker Mason Greenwood (R) during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between Manchester United and AZ Almaar at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 12, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United were drawn against Belgian side Club Brugge in Monday's draw for the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Ajax, semi-finalists in last season's UEFA Champions League, will face Getafe as they start their campaign to win the tournament for a second time:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

Not sure there is a bigger clash of styles than Getafe against Ajax. The sheer motivation and level of joy Bordalás will have going into this with 'his' style. #UELdraw

Arsenal have been handed a tough draw against an Olympiacos side that entertained in the Champions League group stage against Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. 

Meanwhile, Serie A leaders Inter Milan will go up against Bulgaria's Ludogorets. 

Here is the last-32 lineup in full:

B/R Football @brfootball

The Europa League last 32 draw is set 🏆 #UELdraw https://t.co/fY9G7DU3cD

Teams named first will play the first leg at home.

The first legs will be played on Thursday, February 20. The second legs will be played on Thursday, February 27. 


Europe's second-tier club competition has been bolstered by the arrival of some top-level sides dropping down from the Champions League, not least Ajax and Inter.

Red Bull Salzburg will also have ambitions of going deep. Erling Haaland will likely be relishing playing in the Europa League after netting eight goals in six Champions League group-stage appearances:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Erling Braut Håland this season (Austrian Bundesliga and UCL): • 20 appearances • 24 goals The man is a goal machine. 🎯🎯🎯 https://t.co/CSsoszz7GS

The Austrian outfit were drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday. The Bundesliga club made the semi-finals of last season's competition, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Chelsea.

Another English winner of the Europa League is a distinct possibility this season.

United won the tournament under Jose Mourinho in 2016-17, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will view the 2019-20 edition as both a route back into the Champions League and a chance to win some major silverware.

Brugge did not win a match in Group A of the 2019-20 Champions League, but they earned a draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu after going 2-0 ahead inside 40 minutes.

The Red Devils played Brugge in the Champions League play-offs in 2015-16 and beat them 7-1 on aggregate:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Manchester United have played Club Brugge twice: • 100% win rate • Aggregate score of 7-1 Interesting draw. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇧🇪 https://t.co/RdDDv5V5ZM

Sevilla are always a side that must be considered when attempting to pick Europa League winners as they hold the record for most titles with five, including three in a row from 2014.

They will play Cluj in the first knockout round.

The Romanian side won four of their six Group E matches but were pushed into second by Celtic, who will face Copenhagen in the round of 32.