Manchester Untied will travel as far as Kazakhstan and Serbia for the Europa League this season, as United take on FC Astana, Partizan Belgrage and AZ Alkmaar in the group stages.

Given United’s start to the season and the inadequacies with the squad, winning the Europa League may well be United’s best route to the Champions League for next season. This is exactly what happened in 2017 when we beat Ajax in the final with Jose Mourinho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about the places we are set to visit.

It’s interesting. There are a couple of new faces for us in there. You never know what you’re going to get – you could get short trips up to Scotland or you can end up in Kazakhstan as we have!

That will be a new experience… I just spoke to Scott who was there with Scotland. It’s an artificial pitch and a good pitch, but the flights and the travel will be far. I had a nice chat with Nemanja today about Partizan too as they beat my Molde team last night!

It’s a difficult path to Europe’s elite from here though with so many games to play, so you won’t get great odds or win much from top rated casinos for backing United at this stage, but Solskjaer will be hopeful.

Interestingly, there is plenty linking United with Partizan Belgrade. They were the team we lost to in the 1966 European Cup semi-final, two years before becoming the first English club to win the competition. Also, Partizan’s stadium is where the Busby Babes played their final game against Red Star Belgrade before the Munich Air Disaster.

Another link is with Zoran Tosic, the Serb who we signed in 2009. He only played five games for United before being sold though, although did feature for the Reserves during his 18 months at the club, who were managed by Solskjaer at the time.

They’ve got Zoran of course who used to play here; I had him as a player in the Reserves. We last played them in ‘66 apparently so it will be a new experience for all of us.

These group stage games may be a good opportunity for Solskjaer to play some of the youngsters, like Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Jimmy Garner who haven’t had a look in during the league matches so far. Hopefully they will provide more entertainment, and if the football doesn’t do it for you, maybe online casino NZ will do.

Since the incredible night in Paris against PSG, Solskjaer has struggled to get the best out of the squad, but has made some decisive moves in the transfer market. Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have impressed, while some deadwood has been shifted.

The Europa League may well be United’s saviour this season as it is looking increasingly difficult for us to compete in the league.