The Europa league has finally got its verdict as the draw was held at the Fifa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 10th July 2020.
English giants, Manchester United, will face either Danish giants Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir from Turkey in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League if they overcome LASK – and may meet Wolves in an all-English semi-final.
Wolves, however, will face a tough quarter-final against either Sevilla or Roma if they beat Olympiacos in their last-16 tie.
It looks tough for Olegunnar’s charges but at least, compared to their English counterparts Wolves, Manchester United have the upper hand.
With the resurgence of a newly born Paul Pogba and an inform Bruno Fernandes, the trio attack of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Tony Martial pose a threat in attack for The Reds.
Man United have depth in their squad and have minimal injury worries, something that makes Solskajaer confident.
Intriguingly, United and Wolves will meet in the semi-finals of the competition if they both progress that far.
United have one foot in the quarter-finals after thrashing Austrians LASK 5-0 in the first leg prior to the football shutdown in March.
Their quarter-final match against either Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir or Danes Copenhagen will be played during the finals tournament to be staged in Germany in August. Basaksehir lead that tie 1-0 following the first leg.
Wolves, meanwhile, drew 1-1against Olympiacos in Greece back in March but would face a daunting quarter-final challenge against Sevilla or Roma, who weren’t able to play the first leg of their last-16 tie amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draw:
QF1: Shakhtar Donetsk / Wolfsburg vs. FC Basel / Eintracht Frankfurt
QF2: Manchester United / LASK vs. FC Copenhagen / Istanbul Basaksehir
QF3: Inter Milan / Getafe vs. Bayer Leverkusen / Rangers
QF4: Wolves / Olympiacos / Wolves vs. Roma / Sevilla
Winner QF4 vs. Winner QF2
Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 1
Round of 16 5/6 August
Quarter-finals 10/11 August
Semi-finals 16/17 August
Final 21 August
Next month will definitely be a veritable feast of European footballing action, presuming it all goes ahead as planned.
All eyes are on the former English champions Manchester United who are on the road to rediscover their former days of glory.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga