For the second semi-finalists – Celta Vigo have never played Man Utd before. Celta beat Liverpool home and away in 1998 but lost against Arsenal home and away in 2003-04.
First legs will be played on May 4 with the second legs at Parc OL and Old Trafford on May 11.
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16:47 – The home team for the final will be the winner of semi-final 1 (Ajax or OL).
16:46: CELTA VIGO will play at home to MANCHESTER UNITED in the first leg.
16:45 – Ajax vs Lyon is the first tie, you know what that means…
16:44 – First team drawn plays at home, second team drawn plays away first leg.
16:42 – And to make the draw … Is 2001 Champions League winner Patrik Andersson, the Europa League final ambassador.
16:39 – You’ll also notice there’s not a single German club in either the Champions League or Europa League semi-finals this season.
First time for over a decade that, remarkable.
16:35 – First up… Is the president of the city council of Stockholm to welcome the final to her home town, the first in Sweden since 2004’s final in Gothenburg. She notes that Zlatan scored four times against England in the inaugural Friends Arena fixture and hopes he will be fit soon. She also pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Stockholm and hopes to celebrate open societies.
16:30 – Here we go… And it’s Pedro Pinto again as host. You’ll know him from The Game podcast and CNN before he joined the Uefa
16:28 – Who are the biggest club in this competition? In terms of European trophies, the answer is, of course, Ajax, who have won the European Cup/Champions League four times, including three times in a row between 1970 and 1972. Ironically, this is their first European semi-final in 20 years.
16:17 – Only Ajax have won it before (in 1992). In fact, only Ajax have been finalists before among the four semifinalists, so it will be virgin territory for at least one of the three other sides if they take the field at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on May 24.
16:05 – So here we are, stay tuned for the Europa League semi-final draw. The big question is who will United get?
Well, it’s any one of Lyon, Celta Vigo or Ajax.
Manchester United will discover on Friday who they will face in the Europa League semi-final draw.
Jose Mourinho’s team beat Anderlecht 2-1 in Thursday’s second leg at Old Trafford, clinching a 3-2 aggregate victory and book their spot in the last four.
Lyon, Ajax and Celta Vigo join them in the semi-finals, having beaten their respective opponents – Besiktas, Genk and Schalke 04 – retain hopes of reaching the final next month.
With a place in next season’s Champions League the reward for winning the Europa League, United are determined to win Europe’s second-tier competition given they are currently in a fight with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal to finish in the top four.
When is the draw?
The draw takes place in Nyon on Friday 21 April, following the completion of the quarter-final ties on Thursday.
What time is the draw?
Proceedings will begin at 12:00 pm BST/4:30 pm IST, with the draw following shortly after.
How does it work?
As per usual at this stage of the competition, the draw is unseeded and there will be no ‘country protection’, meaning teams from the same domestic league can be drawn against each other.
The team drawn first will play the first leg at home, with those drawn second away.
Who is in the draw?
Manchester United, Lyon, Celta Vigo and Ajax go into the draw and can all face each other.
When will the Europa League semi-finals take place?
This year’s semi-final first legs will be played on 4 May, with the return legs played the following week on 11 May.
When and where is the final?
The Europa League final takes place on 24 May (7:45 pm BST/12:15 am IST) at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.