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Europa League groups K and L were kind to Wolves and United, weren’t they?

UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group K consists of, Besiktas, Braga, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Slovan Bratislava.

Beşiktaş general secretary Ahmet Urkmezgil said of the draw:

“It’s a difficult group.”

“As far as the climate is concerned, we don’t have to be wary of our opponents. Hopefully, we will get good results.”

“Our recent European record has been positive and we believe that we can continue the trend.”

Wolves will fancy their chances of progressing.

Although they are in for some tough road trips. This is their first venture into European competition, and they are relishing the opportunity of progressing.

Any opponent who saw then give Manchester United a run for their money in the Premier League recently will not envy the task of facing them.

UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group L consists of, Manchester United, Astana, Partizan, and AZ Alkmaar.

While the opposition is not that tough, navigating those long journeys will be perhasp the most arduous task for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men.

Solsljaer told the manutd.com what he thought of the draw:

“It’s interesting.”

“There are a couple of new faces in there.”

“You never know what you’re going to get, you get short trips to Scotland, or you can end up in Kazakstan as we have.”

“That will be a new experience… I just spoke to Scott [McTominay] [about it] who was there with Scotland.”

“It’s an artificial pitch and a good pitch, but the flights and the travel will be far.”

“I had a nice chat with Nemanja [Matic] today about Partizan [Belgrade] too as they beat my Molde team last night!”

”I watched the game and they’ve got Zoran [Tosic] of course who used to play here.”

“I had [him as a player] in the Reserves. We last played them in ‘66 apparently so it will be a new experience for all of us.”

“I went to watch Sergio at Alkmaar when he played for them actually when I was away with the Reserves for a tournament.”

“We’ll have some tough games but we’ll know exactly what we need to do when we get to these games, and we’ll sit down and think about the logistics.”

Solskjaer is in this tournament to win it, he contiued:

“We want to win this tournament of course.”

“It’s a competition that we know a lot about, we won it a couple of years back and it can be a way into the Champions League for next season.”

“It’s also a way that we can use the squad and some youngsters will play these games.”

“We’ll just focus on when the games come and see where we’re at.”

“We’re looking forward to the games coming thick and fast now. ”

“There aren’t enough in this [current] period… everyone is raring to go and chomping at the bit and in September and October and beyond we’ll see where we are.”

Both Wolves and United will believe they can win the whole thing. It may well be both teams best chance of making it to the Champions League next season.

But as United found out a couple of years back, going all the way in this tournament can come at a cost.

It cost them a top four in the league and worse still, it cost them Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s United career.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates following his sides victory in during the UEFA Europa League Play-Off: Second Leg match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Torino at Molineux on August 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)