Here's Everything You Need To Know About United's Opening Europa League Game Tonight

TV channel, kick-off time and all the other essential information...


Thursday? Don't we usually play in Europe on Tuesdays or Wednesdays?

Not anymore. Well at least not this season.

United finished fifth in the Premier League last year and therefore will play their continental football in Europe's second competition this season.

The Europa League takes place on Thursdays, which is every football manager's least favourite night to play football as it is seen to mess up preparations for weekend Premier League games.

Well that's no good.

Get used to it. 

Who are we playing then on this most inconvenient of evenings?

United are travelling to Rotterdam to take on Dutch side Feyenoord. They finished third in the Dutch league last season and, much like United, won their country's national cup competition. 

Any familiar faces?

You may be surprised to learn that former Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona star Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has just entered his second season as manager of the club having led his boyhood team to cup glory in his maiden campaign. 

Shouldering the goalscoring burden is former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt, who many will remember bagged a hat trick against United at Anfield back in March 2011. 

Since returning to Rotterdam, the 36-year-old has defied his age by bagging 23 goals in all competitions last season and three from six games so far this campaign. 

Anyone else we should be wary of?

New signing from FC Copenhagen Nicolai Jorrgensen was rather prolific in the Danish league last season bagging 15 goals from 31 games. He's now scored three goals in five games for his new side.

We didn't play great in the Manchester Derby on Saturday. Will José mix things up?

That seems to be the plan. It looks like Mourinho is going to use the Europa League as an opportunity to give game time to those back-up players who find minutes hard to come by in the Premier League.

Among the big names who haven't traveled to Rotterdam are club captain Wayne Rooney,as well as Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Henrickh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.

Expect to see teenage sensation Marcus Rashford lead the line while fellow youngsters Memphis Depay and Timothy Fosu-Mensah may make appearances in their home nation. 

Coolio. When and where can I catch the game?

The game kicks off at 6pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3. 

6 o'clock? Better leave work early just in case. 

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.