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Early kick-off could see United fans miss out on European fixture


By Simon Peach

Manchester United will open their Europa League group stage with a home tie against FC Astana, but will kick-off the return fixture at 3:50pm, which could see a number of fans miss out.

United return to the second tier of European competition after being drawn in Group L alongside FC Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar.

Last season's finalists Arsenal were placed in group F with Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria.

Wolves were put in group K with Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava.

Celtic have been drawn with Lazio, Rennes and Cluj.

Rangers' group G opponents are Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.

Europa League Group A: Sevilla, Apoel Nicosia, Qarabag, F91 Dudelange

Group B: Dynamo Kiev, FC Copenhagen, Malmo, Lugano

Group C: Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor

Group D: Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven, Rosenborg, Lask

Group E: Lazio, Celtic, Rennes, Cluj

Group F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, Vitoria

Group G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, Rangers

Group H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, Ferencvaros

Group I: Wolsfburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, Olexandriya

Group J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Wolfsberger AC

Group K: Besiktas, Braga, Slovan Bratislava, Wolves

Group L: Manchester United, FC Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ Alkmaar.

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