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Published: 11:56 | 26/8/16

Europa League draw


Dundalk have been handed a tough draw in the group stages of the Europa League with Stephen's Kenny side in Group D along with Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Friday's draw means the League of Ireland side face two long away trips to Zenit St Petersburg and Maccabi Tel-Aviv as they look to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

Robin van Persie is set to make a return to Old Trafford after Fenerbahce were drawn alongside Manchester United in Group A.

As well as the Turkish side, Jose Mourinho's men will face Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk in the group stages.

Reacting to his side's draw, Mourinho said: "It is a good draw for us. We think we are in the Champions League. There are very similar groups in the Champions League. It is a difficult group but it is good. If you have teams without expression, even fans wouldn't enjoy Thursdays.

"We all know the competition is not the same as the Champions League but to have Manchester United playing against clubs with tradition like Fenerbahce and Feyenoord is good for us. I don't have more vision about Ukraine."

Southampton, meanwhile, have been drawn in Group K along with Inter Milan, Sparta Prague and Hapoel Beer-Sheva, who came close to knocking Celtic out of the Champions League in the play-off round.

Group A
Manchester United
Fenerbahce
Feyenoord
Zorya Luhansk

Group B
Olympiacos
APOEL FC
Young Boys
Astana

Group C
Anderlecht
St-Étienne
Mainz
Gabala

Group D
Zenit St Petersburg
AZ Alkmaar
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Dundalk

Group E
Viktoria Plzen
Roma
Austria Vienna
Astra Giurgiu

Group F
Athletic Club
Genk
Rapid Vienna
Sassuolo

Group G
Ajax
Standard Liège
Celta Vigo
Panathinaikos

Group H
Shakhtar Donetsk
Braga
Gent
Konyaspor

Group I
Schalke
Salzburg
Krasnodar
Nice

Group J
Fiorentina
PAOK
Slovan Liberec
Qarabag

Group K
Inter Milan
Sparta Prague
Southampton
Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Group L
Villarreal
Steaua Bucharest
Zurich
Osmanlispor

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