Manager of Champions League dropout hopes to avoid Manchester United and Ronaldo in Europa League

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Manchester United will play one of the eight Champions League drop-outs to secure a place in the last-16 of the Europa League after finishing second behind Real Sociedad.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has revealed he hopes to avoid Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Europa League play-offs.

“We don’t want Manchester United, but if we have to come, Ronaldo stays on the bench, so he doesn’t score goals,” said Amorim (via Radio Renascença).

The draw for the play-offs will be held on Monday. The first pot has PSV, Rennes, Roma, Union Berlin, Manchester United, Midtjylland, Nantes and Monaco.

The second one, with clubs who came from the Champions League, features Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Barcelona, Sporting, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla and Juventus.