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Lyon have been scoring at a rate of four goals a game since entering the UEFA Europa League in the round of 32, making them daunting opponents for Beşiktaş.
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Unbeaten in their last 11 European home games – and on a run of five straight Amsterdam ArenA victories in the UEFA Europa League – Ajax have reason for confidence as they welcome Schalke.
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Celta Vigo will look to get a head start to take into the second leg of their quarter-final against Genk, with the Belgian side having been regular scorers away from home this season.
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Spain, Germany, England and Italy are confirmed as the top four associations in the UEFA club rankings after this season, with France and Russia in fifth and sixth respectively ahead of Portugal.
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Anderlecht have won five of their last six European home games and will feel they can hold their own as they welcome Manchester United in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
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Manchester United lifted themselves to fifth in England on a weekend when Schalke also won, Lyon succumbed in Paris and Justin Kluivert scored his maiden Eredivisie goal for Ajax.
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The UEFA Europa League quarter-finals have been confirmed following Friday’s draw: Ajax v Schalke, Anderlecht v Manchester United, Celta Vigo v Genk, Lyon v Beşiktaş.
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• United travel to Belgium for first leg of Europa League quarter-final on 13 April
• Mourinho questions why Premier League does not help English teams
José Mourinho has accused the Premier League of lacking in “common sense” for refusing to allow sides who are scheduled to play in European competition more to time to prepare after Manchester United were drawn against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
United travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday less than 72 hours after their 1-0 victory over Rostov on Thursday night which confirmed their qualification for the last eight. Having blamed the crowded fixture schedule for causing the hamstring injury which has ruled Paul Pogba out of the trip to the Riverside, Mourinho then took aim at the Premier League for failing to provide its clubs with adequate support to prepare for matches.
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José Mourinho’s side will face a short trip to the Belgian league leaders, while Lyon face Besiktas, Ajax take on Schalke and Celta Vigo play Genk
Manchester United will play current Belgian league leaders Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals. José Mourinho’s side travel to Brussels on April 13, with the second leg at Old Trafford a week later.
A short trip will come as a relief to Mourinho, with his team having travelled to Istanbul, Odessa and Rostov already in this year’s tournament. Manchester United have faced Anderlecht six times previously, with a 10-0 European Cup win over the Belgian side in 1956 still their all-time record competitive victory.
Thoughts on that draw? United have a little history with Anderlecht – the sides have met six times in European competition, with United winning four and losing two. Their last meeting, in October 2000, saw the Brussels club win 2-1 – a result that helped them pip their opponents to top spot in their Champions League group. A more positive omen for United is that their record win in any competition came against Anderlecht – a 10-0 triumph way back in the 1956 European Cup.
Anderlecht v Manchester United
Celta Vigo v Genk
Ajax v Schalke
Lyon v Besiktas
And finally, a tricky round trip for Lyon, second favourites for the trophy behind United.
Two former winners of the UEFA Cup – Ajax in 1992, Schalke in 1997 – are drawn together.
Celta, the only hope for Spain to continue their recent dominance of this competition, face Genk.
United will face the Belgian league leaders!
Here we go…
Niels Pedersen reckons “the only possible iconic final would be Manchester United v Ajax”. That would have a certain something that, say, Besiktas v Celta Vigo might not.
Some good old-fashioned optimism here:
@niallmcveigh It doesn’t matter who we (United) draw – we’re capable of losing to anyone…
Here are the eight teams again:
Celta Vigo (Spain)
Manchester United (England)
@niallmcveigh I want one of those teams where journalists can write “..their entire squad was worth their most expensive player…”
Getting in there early, Genk’s record signing is Neeskens Kebano, a £3.4m striker signed from Charleroi who is now at Fulham.
Manchester United fans: what’s your preference? Genk, currently seventh in the Belgian league, are the bookies’ rank outsiders. Then again, they just came up against Gent, the team who knocked Spurs out, and walloped them 6-3 on aggregate. No easy draws here.
Manchester United’s Europa League run has bubbled away on the back burner throughout the season, the team progressing step by step, with little in the way of real peril or drama. Now they’re 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. The draw is at 12.00 GMT.
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International ticket sales for this season’s UEFA Europa League final at Stockholm’s Friends Arena are under way and run until 28 March.
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Axwell Λ Ingrosso have been confirmed for a very special one-off performance at the UEFA Europa League final opening ceremony ahead of the Friends Arena decider on 24 May.
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• Frustrated United manager says fatigue is beginning to affect his players
• Tiredness means ‘we will probably lose at Middlesbrough now’
José Mourinho hit out at English fixture scheduling after losing Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury in the Europa League victory over Rostov.
Manchester United’s France international is likely to be out for three weeks, and thus unable to play at Middlesbrough on Sunday or link up with his national team in the upcoming international break. Mourinho believes the injury was a result of fatigue. Marcos Rojo was so energy depleted during the game that he called for a banana to be brought on to the pitch.
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“Sometimes it all falls into place and sometimes it doesn’t,” shrugged Şenol Güneş after his Beşiktaş side staved off disaster to reach the last eight; UEFA.com’s Çetin Cem Yilmaz bears witness.
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Roma fall just short of a comeback as Lyon knock them out in the Europa League last 16, while Schalke, Celta Vigo and Ajax all win.
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UEFA.com runs through the last eight standing in the UEFA Europa League by taking a closer look at their form and head-to-head records against their potential opponents.
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