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 4-1 in the first leg of 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.
Real Sociedad would also be a threat after beating United earlier this season to finish top of Group E, forcing Ten Hag’s side into a Round of 16 playoff against Barcelona. They are facing Mourinho’s Roma in the last 16 — another side who would pose a challenge to United.
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.
This table will be updated once the Round of 16 is completed on March 16.
|Country||Club||2022/23 Europa League
record (goals for / against)
QF apps. (last)
|Spain/England||Betis/Man United||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Turkey/Spain||Fenerbahce/Sevilla||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Spain/Italy||R. Sociedad/Roma||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Netherlands/Ukraine||Feyenoord/Shakhtar||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Belgium/Germany||Union SG/Union Berlin||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Hungary/Germany||Ferencvaros/Leverkusen||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|England/Portugal||Arsenal/Sporting CP||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
|Germany/Italy||Freiburg/Juventus||W-L-D ( GF / GA)||—||—|
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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 indeed face Premier League rivals Arsenal if the Gunners overcome Sporting CP in their last-16 tie.
If they are drawn as opponents in the quarterfinals, it will be a first European meeting between the pair since the 2008/09 Champions League, where a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired United stormed past Arsenal at the semifinal stage.
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)|