Up until last month’s EFL Cup triumph, the last time that Manchester United had own a trophy of any sort, it was the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League final.
Their manager at the time was current AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho. With the UEL draw today, everything sets for a potential scenario that would see Mourinho face United. Indeed this bracket is pure March Madness! Full quarterfinal and semifinal draws are below:
UEFA Europa League Quarterfinal Draw
Manchester United (England) vs. Sevilla (Spain)
Juventus (Italy) vs. Sporting CP (Portugal)
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs. Union SG (Belgium)
Feyenoord (Netherlands) vs. AS Roma (Italy)
UEFA Europa League Semifinal Draw
Juventus/Sporting CP vs. Manchester United/Sevilla
Feyenoord/AS Roma vs. Bayer Leverkusen/Union SG
Of course, both United and Roma would have to win two more rounds until we get there, but don’t you just love the “narratives” potential at work here?
You know Mourinho will take this competition very seriously.
United face a very tough task in the next round, as Sevilla knocked them out in the 2020 semifinals, and would then go on to win the competition.
In addition to the Europa League, and the EFL Cup which is already in the bag, United are also in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, taking on Fulham on Sunday. Information for that is below.
Man United vs Fulham FA Cup Quarterfinals FYIs
Kickoff: Sun, March 19, 4:30pm Old Trafford
Man United Team News: go here
United Starting XI Prediction: go here
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
UEFA Draws Content
Champions League Analysis Part 1 Champions League Analysis Part 2 Europa League Analysis
Paul M. Banks is the owner/manager of The Sports Bank. He’s also the author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America,” and “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”
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