Europa League draw as Man Utd await potential semi-final opponents

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A win for Manchester United on Thursday over Sevilla would see Erik ten Hag’s outfit reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, as they bid for European glory this season. Should they reach the final four, the Red Devils will feel confident of getting their hands on another trophy after their Carabao Cup win in February – as just two more teams would need to make way in order for United to claim victory in Hungary next month.

The draw for the semi-finals of the competition has already been made in advance of the quarter-finals, as United were drawn against Sevilla before finding out their prospective opposition should they find a way past the La Liga side over two legs.

Ten Hag’s side held a commanding 2-0 lead at Old Trafford last week, before second-half own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire ensured that Sevilla took a positive result back to Spain.

Ten Hag hopes to have the likes of Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw back as the duo returned to training and were named in the squad for the tie, their fitness could play a big part in the tie as United have suffered somewhat of an injury crisis in recent weeks with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Marcel Sabitzer, Scott McTominay and Malacia all sidelined in recent games.

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However, should United defeat Sevilla and reach the semi-finals, they could be met by a familiar face in the form of Paul Pogba. The draw on March 17 decided that the winner of United and Sevilla would face either Juventus or Sporting Lisbon in the final four.

Juventus hold a 1-0 lead over Sporting going into the second leg in Portugal, and Massimiliano Allegri does have Pogba to call upon again. After leaving Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer, the Frenchman has been plagued with injuries that kept him out of the World Cup, though he did feature briefly in Juventus’ defeat to Sassuolo on Saturday.

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United’s route to the final has already been mapped out, as victories over Sevilla and then one of Juventus or Sporting would see them face either Feyenoord, Roma, Bayer Leverkusen or Union Saint-Gilloise. Jose Mourinho’s outfit are currently 1-0 down to Feyenoord after the first leg, while the other tie is finely balanced at 1-1.

The first legs of the semi-finals are on 11 May, with United potentially travelling to either Lisbon or Turin as the winner of that tie will host the opening game. Old Trafford will host the return leg the following week on May 18, with both kick-offs at 8.00pm.

Budapest’s Puskas Arena is the venue for this year’s final on May 31 – where United hope to add another European trophy to their collection.

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