Jose Mourinho has found a lot to complain about recently. United’s lengthening fixture list and the pile up of injuries that have resulted. But he should be looking good for a semi-final spot from here.
So there we have it, and a very kind draw for Manchester United you’d have to say.
Belgium isn’t far, Anderlecht are not to be feared. Elsewhere some interesting ties, Ajax against Schalke has a lot of potential, and so too Lyon v Besiktas.
Celta Vigo will probably fancy themselves against Genk.
♦ Lyon v Besiktas
♦ Ajax v Schalke
♦ Celta Vigo v Genk
United will love that draw – what a chance to make it through to the last four.
♦ Anderlecht v Manchester United
♦ Here we go…
♦ Aah yes, it is Stockholm ambassador Patrik Andersson who will again be responsible for drawing out the balls for the last eight matches. Nice work if you can get it.
♦ The matches will be played April 13 and April 20, in case you didn’t already know!
♦ Uefa combining slow motion action replays with the latest Euro trance music. To be applauded.
♦ Here comes Pedro Pinto, our host for the proceedings – let’s get cracking
♦ Just before we get started, the news at United is not just focused on the Europa League – as ever there are plenty of side issues, not least Wayne Rooney.
♦ Fresh from being axed from the England squad, it seems the Chinese Super League move could be resurrected.
♦ Manchester United supporters who are hoping to follow their team all the way to glory in Stockholm, they must know clubs in the final will only be issued with 10,000 tickets apiece.
♦ So now that events have concluded in the Champions League, all focus is turned on the Europa League with the final in Stockholm the target for the eight clubs remaining.
♦ Updated news from the Champions League now, where Leicester have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last eight.
♦ Elsewhere it is Borussia Dortmund v Monaco, Bayern v Real Madrid and Juventus v Barcelona.
♦ The draw for the quarter-finals will take place after the Champions League quarter-final draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at Midday UK time.
♦ There are no seedings and teams from the same country can face each other and the first legs will be played on April 13 with the return legs on April 20.
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What teams are in the draw?
Manchester United are the only English team in the draw after a 1-0 second-leg win over FC Rostov.
Besiktas, Celta Vigo, Genk, Ajax, Schalke, Lyon and Anderlecht will also be in the hat.
United are now into the last eight, favourites to lift the trophy and with it, a route back into the Champions League. It hasn’t stopped José Mourinho complaining about his lot, but – as he couldn’t resist pointing out – United are the only team in England’s top six still in Europe.
There are plenty of dangerous teams left in today’s draw, not least Lyon, who eliminated Roma in the last 16. Ajax, Besiktas and Schalke are also potentially thorny opposition in an agreeably cosmopolitan, old school draw. Only one nation has two teams in the last eight – it goes without saying that it’s Belgium.