Europa League Last 32 Draw, Man United, Liverpool Entered

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United: English Premier League
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action in the EPL

Sporting Alert – The complete round of 32 draw for the Europa League, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund all involved.

After being knockout of the Champions League in the group stages, Manchester United have been offered another opportunity to win a trophy in Europe this season.

The EPL side entered the Europa League draw as one of the seeded teams and will be relatively happy with its opponent after being drawn to face Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Pressure is mounting on manager Louis van Gaal to deliver at Old Trafford, and after spending more than £200 million on new players, his side must deliver against FC Midtjylland and progress further in this tournament or it would be useless to bring the Dutchman back for his final stint of his contract.

The First leg of this tie will be played at FC Midtjylland on Thursday 18 February 2016, with the second leg scheduled for a week later at Old Trafford on Thursday 25 Feb.

Meanwhile, fellow Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham will also be on the road for their respective Europa League first leg ties.

The Reds have been drawn to face German FC Augsburg, with the first leg to be contested at the WWK ARENA on Feb. 18.

Tottenham have been handed the most tricky matchup of the three Premier League sides, after they were handed Italian side Fiorentina.

Also in the Europa League draw on Monday were Valencia, now coached by former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville, and they will be up against a solid Rapid Vienna side, with the first leg being on the road.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will be leading Bayer Leverkusen against Sporting Lisbon in the last 32, while German side Borussia Dortmund, one of the teams with strong odds to win the tournament, taking on FC Porto.

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie and Fenerbahce are up against Lokomotiv Moscow, Villarreal were drawn alongside Napoli, while Galatasaray take on Lazio and Anderlecht go up against Olympiacos.

The first legs in the Europa League round of 32 will take place on February 18th, with the second legs on February 25th. This will be followed by the round of 16 draw the next day on February 26th.

Valencia v Rapid Vienna
Fiorentina v Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund v FC Porto
Fenerbahce v Lokomotiv Moscow
Anderlecht v Olympiacos
FC Midtjylland v Manchester United
Augsburg v Liverpool
Galatasaray v Lazio
Sparta Prague v Krasnodar
Sion v Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk v Schalke
Marseille v Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla v Molde
Sporting Lisbon v Bayer Leverkusen
Villarreal v Napoli
Saint-Etienne v Basel

Road to Basel
Round of 16 draw: 26 February
Round of 16: 10 & 17 March
Quarter-final draw: 18 March
Quarter-finals: 7 & 14 April
Semi-final draw: 15 April
Semi-finals: 28 April & 5 May
Final (St. Jakob-Park, Basel): 18 May


James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert.
Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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