United Face Liverpool In Europa League Last 16

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In what has to be the tie of the round, Manchester United will take on arch rivals Liverpool in the Europa League Round of 16.

The draw, undertook in Nyon in Switzerland at Midday on Friday, threw up a battle of two of football’s most historic clubs.

With 18 European trophies between them, this will make for a fascinating contest.

Having overturned a first leg deficit to see off FC Midtyjlland in the Round of 32, United face Liverpool, who overcame German outfit FC Augsburg 1-0 on aggregate.

The dispatching of the Danish side saw a 6-3 aggregate win for United.

You can never say never in football, but both sides seem unlikely to qualify for the Champions League via the top four positions in the Barclays Premier League this season.

This makes this tie all the more important, as the winners of the Europa League qualify for club football’s top prize, and this seems like the most plausible option for either side to book their place in next season’s UCL.

The first leg will take place at Anfield on Thursday 10 March, with the return leg at Old Trafford seven days later.

Under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal, United have won all four league games against the Red half of Merseyside, whilst the Dutchman points to the 2014 International Champions Cup pre-season final as making it five from five against the old enemy.

This being said, you can guarantee that Liverpool will be extra motivated to avenge that recent run of results in this fixture, so expect a fired up opponent, where United will have to be at the top of their game to progress.

With so much at stake and riding on this tie, you won’t be able to take your eyes off such a prestigious fixture in English football, which will now be taken to the European stage next month.

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