Europa League last-16 draw LIVE: Manchester United are handed a dream draw with Austrian league leaders LASK while Wolves face Arsenal conquerors Olympiacos and Rangers take on Leverkusen
- The draw for the last-16 of the Europa League takes place in Nyon at 12pm
- Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers will find out their next opponents
- Inter Milan, Roma and Sevilla are among the big clubs left in the competition
- There are no draw restrictions, meaning British sides could face each other
- EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW GUIDE: Everything you need to know ahead of the draw
Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers will find out their next Europa League opponents when the draw for the last-16 stage of the competition takes place today.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men thumped Club Brugge 5-0 on Thursday night to seal their place in the next stage, joining the likes of Inter Milan, Sevilla and Roma.
Sportsmail brings you all the build-up to the draw at 12pm in Nyon, plus live updates as the teams are drawn out of the hat.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted before the draw that he was concerned about the prospect of facing Inter Milan, who were last night forced to play their game behind closed doors due to the spread of the coronavirus in the north of Italy.
The Red Devils have avoided a trip to the San Siro, which will come as a relief to their boss as he looks to set-up a successful end to the season.
LaLiga high-flyers Getafe will head to Italy for the next knockout game, although it remains to be seen whether a crowd will be allowed to watch on.
A huge boost for Manchester United’s hopes of winning the Europa League – and getting back into the Champions League – as they’re drawn against Austrian side LASK in the last-16.
Based on UEFA coefficient, LASK are the lowest-rated side left in the competition, while Solskjaer’s men are the highest, having lifted the trophy in 2017.
Wolves face Arsenal’s conquerors Olympiacos, while Rangers face a tough two-legged tie with Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
The German believes it’s a ‘wide-open’ competition and that all of the 16 teams will fancy their chances of going all the way to Poland.
We’ve just been reminded that it’s an open draw so that anyone can face anyone.
Here we go…
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann is brought out on stage to help with the draw. It’ll be interesting to see who he pulls Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side out against shortly…
Red Bull Salzburg v Eintracht Frankfurt was postponed on Thursday amid a hurricane warning with 75mph winds in Austria.
The game will be played at 5pm today, which will confirm the 16th team into the next round. Frankfurt lead 4-1 from the first leg.
These things are normally fairly drawn-out, so don’t expect any ties imminently.
First up is a recap of last night’s action, including Arsenal throwing their chances of reaching back-to-back finals away by losing late on against Olympiacos.
February 28: Round-of-16 draw, Nyon
March 12: Round-of-16, first leg
March 19: Round-of-16, second leg
March 20: Quarter-final and semi-final draws, Nyon
April 9 : Quarter-finals, first leg
April 16: Quarter-finals, second leg
April 30: Semi-finals, first leg
May 7: Semi-finals, second leg
May 27: Final – Gdansk Stadium
UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, are the venue for today’s draw, with things getting underway at 12pm (UK time).
The first team drawn gets the first leg of their tie at home on March 12, with the second leg then played at the opposition’s home ground on March 19.
CLICK HERE for more information in our draw guide.
Manchester United (ENG)
Shakthar Donetsk (UKR)
Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR)
Inter Milan (ITA)
Red Bull Salzburg (AUS) or Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Blow for Britain’s hopes as Arsenal and Celtic crash out
It wasn’t all good news for the British clubs this week, with Arsenal and Celtic both being dumped out despite picking up solid results in their respective first legs.
The Gunners suffered extra-time heartbreak when Olympiacos grabbed a late, late goal, while Neil Lennon’s side were outclassed by Copenhagen at Celtic Park.
CLICK HERE to read our Arsenal match report in full, or HERE for Celtic.
There are no seedings or country protection at this stage of the Europa League, meaning Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers can all be drawn against each other.
That also opens up possibility of some big ties in Italy, Spain and Germany, with Inter Milan, Roma, Sevilla, Getafe, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen all still in the competition.
Find out more in our DRAW GUIDE.
Solskjaer ‘worried’ about Inter Milan amid coronavirus fears
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he is worried about the prospect of facing Inter Milan in the Europa League after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
‘I think the whole world has to think differently and be aware of the virus,’ said Solskjaer.
‘I think we’ll definitely look at things. You can see what happens in Italy with the games and I think it’s a worry for everyone. We’ve got to take the precautions we need to.’
CLICK HERE to read the full story.
Five-star United ease past 10-man Club Brugge
It was a night to remember for Odion Ighalo as he scored his first Manchester United goal on his first start to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men thrash Club Brugge.
The 5-0 victory at Old Trafford eased United into the last-16 of the competition, where they could come up against old foe Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side.
CLICK HERE to read Chris Wheeler’s match report in full.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Who’s in the last-16? Can Manchester United face Wolves or Rangers? When will the next round of the competition be played?
All those questions and plenty more are answered in our Europa League draw guide.
CLICK HERE to read it in full.
Manchester United and Wolves both made it safely through to the next stage last night, joining Rangers and the likes of Inter Milan, Sevilla and Roma.
But there was heartache for Arsenal and Celtic, who both suffered home defeats to crash out of the competition just as it was hotting up.
We’ll be bringing you all the build-up to the draw, which happens in Nyon at 12pm. Don’t go anywhere.
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