The Red Devils boss believes that being tied with the leaders of the League is similar to a draw that his team could have received in the Champions League
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying the chance to face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the Europa League for the past 32 years.
Solskjaer’s team fell to RB Leipzig 3-2 last week in the group stage final of the Champions League, transferring them to the Europa League.
Drawing them for the last 32 is a difficult one, as the Red Devils will face Sociedad, who currently lead the League after winning seven and drawing five of their first 13 matches.
Although disappointed by his team’s inability to reach the knockout round of the Champions League, Solskjaer believes that United’s draw in the Europa League is reminiscent of one they would have received in the top competition of clubs in Europe.
“It sounds like a Champions League draw and it’s definitely one that keeps everyone on their feet,” he told United’s official website.
“I am the team that is in the top of La Liga at the moment, ahead of teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. I watched them a few times and they are an interesting team and it will be a test for us.
“We have some difficult games at that time. It is not a time when we can stop and feel that it is a light draw in the Europa League, it seems that it is a draw of the Champions League – I am in the top of the Spanish league. We just have to stay focused. “
United will have the chance to face their former player Adnan Januzaj in the Europa League tie, the Belgian will arrive through United’s academy after signing at 16 years old.
Januzaj signed with Sociedad in 2017 and continued to establish himself as a regular with the Liga team, scoring two goals in 13 total appearances this season.
Solskjaer will be cautious to face Januzaj, a player he knows will enter a two-stage tie with a point to prove.
“They work hard with high intensity and a few high-quality players and they have our own Adnan, of course,” Solskjaer added. “They also have some experienced players and some young, future players.
“Everyone who plays against Man Utd wants to show what he could have been and Adnan has done well in his career.
“It’s always hard to see where you’re going after Man Utd and he’s one of those guys you’re hoping to get here. It wasn’t supposed to be so now we’re going to have to make sure he doesn’t go enjoy his return ! “