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Dundalk and Man United discover their fate in the Europa League

The draw was made in Monaco this afternoon.

Dundalk will play in the group stages for the first time.
Dundalk will play in the group stages for the first time.
Image: FotoOlimpik/Tomasz Jastrzebowski/INPHO

EUROPA LEAGUE FIRST-timers Dundalk will take on Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel-Aviv on their maiden voyage in the competition’s the group stages.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions went into this afternoon’s draw in Monaco having narrowly lost out to Legia Warsaw in the Champions League play-offs.

And Stephen Kenny’s side will travel to Russia, the Netherlands and Israel after being drawn in Group D.

Meanwhile, Manchester United face former striker Robin van Persie after being paired with Fenerbahce. Jose Mourinho’s side were drawn along with Fener, Feyenoord and Zorya in Group A.

United sold Van Persie to the Turkish side, who finished second in the Super Lig last season, in July 2015 after three years at Old Trafford.

Turkey Russia Soccer Europa League Robin van Persie will come up against two former clubs. Source: AP/Press Association Images

It also saw Inter picked out to come up against Premier League outfit Southampton in Group K, which also consists of Sparta Prague and Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

Elsewhere, Roma will play Viktoria Plzen, Austria Vienna and Astra in Group E after losing out to Porto in the Champions League play-offs.

La Liga outfit Villarreal’s failure to make the Champions League group stage means they will play Steaua Bucharest, FC Zurich and Osmanlispor in Group L of UEFA’s second-tier tournament.

Here’s the draw in full:

EL final Source: Twitter/EuropaLeague

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