Manchester United remain in the hunt for three major trophies this season as Erik ten Hag continues his impressive start to life at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils secured a first piece of silverware since 2017 as they beat Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final in February, and they are still in the hunt for more domestic and European honours.
Despite finishing second in their Europa League group at the back end of 2022, United are among the favourites to reach the competition. They eliminated Barcelona in the playoff round and beat Real Betis 5-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16.
The Europa League will be key for United in the remainder of the campaign and they will be waiting nervously to find out who awaits in the last eight if they progress.
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Who can Man United draw in Europa League quarter finals?
United’s chances of European success will rest heavily on who they meet in the rounds before the final.
Sevilla are the most successful team in Europa League/UEFA Cup history, and they have dumped United out of two European competitions since 2018, when the Red Devils were managed by Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
There is the prospect of a reunion with Mourinho in the next round, with Roma having knocked out Real Sociedad to reach the quarterfinals. Fellow Italian giants Juventus, inspired of late by former United midfielder Angel Di Maria, could also lie in wait.
Teams in Europa League quarter finals 2023
Europa League quarterfinal appearances and titles listed below are since 2009/10, when the competition was revamped and was rebranded from the UEFA Cup to the Europa League.
|Country||Club||2022/23 Europa League
record (goals for / against)
QF apps. (last)
|England||Man United||7-1-1 ( 19 / 7)||5 (2020)||1 (2017)|
|Spain||Sevilla||2-1-0 ( 5 / 3)||7 (2020)||6 (2020)|
|Italy||Roma||5-3-1 ( 15 / 8)||7 (2021)||0|
|Netherlands||Feyenoord||2-2-3 ( 21 / 11)||3 (2002)||2 (2002)|
|Belgium||Union SG||4-1-2 ( 17 / 10)||1 (2023)||0|
|Germany||Leverkusen||2-1-0 ( 9 / 5)||5 (2020)||1 (1988)|
|Portugal||Sporting CP||1-0-2 ( 8 / 4)||6 (2018)||0|
|Italy||Juventus||2-0-1 ( 7 / 1)||10 (2014)||3 (1993)|
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Can Man United draw English clubs in quarter finals?
Unlike the Round of 16 where teams from the same nation were kept apart, the quarterfinals are set via a completely open draw in which any club can face another.
This means United could have faced Premier League rivals Arsenal in this round. However, the Gunners were eliminated by Sporting CP following a penalty shootout.
Had Arsenal progressed and been drawn with United, it would have been a first European meeting between the pair since the 2008/09 Champions League, where a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired the Red Devils through to the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass against Arsenal, #OTD in 2009 ⚽️⚽️🅰️@Cristiano | @ManUtd | #UCL pic.twitter.com/NwIMzDNgPg
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 5, 2021
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Man United in Europa League quarterfinals
United have spent the majority of the Premier League era competing in the Champions League, with their first Europa League appearance coming in 2011/12, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s penultimate campaign.
Since exiting the competition to Liverpool at the last-16 stage in 2016, the Red Devils have won all three of their Europa League quarterfinal ties.
|Season||Opponent||Result on aggregate|
|2019/20||FC Copenhagen||Won 1-0 (single-leg tie)|
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