The 2019-20 Europa League continues next month with Manchester United kicking off with the second leg of our Round of 16 tie against LASK at Old Trafford. We are up 5-0 from the first leg in Austria back in March. This game will either be played on 5 or 6 August with the FA Cup final set for Saturday 1 August, if we get there.
Following the conclusion of the current round, the remainder of the competition will take place over single-legged ties in the German cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen, between 10 to 21 August 2020.
The draw for each of the remaining places has just taken place and Manchester United’s path to the final is as follows:
Quarter-finals: Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir Semi-finals: Wolves/Olympiacos or Sevilla/Roma Final: Inter Milan/Getafe or Bayer Leverkusen/Rangers vs Shakhtar Donetsk/VfL Wolfsburg or Basel/Eintracht Frankfurt
The final takes place on Friday 21 August 2020 at Cologne’s Rhein Energie Stadium.
It looks like a very favourable quarter-final draw for us to face either FC Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir. The Danish and Turkish leagues have both restarted and are due to finish at the end of this month, meaning both sides will be somewhere near full match fitness at least.
Providing we have no slip ups, our semi-final could arguably be the toughest round for us. It would be against any one of AS Roma, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sevilla or Olympiacos. The latter eliminated Arsenal in the previous round but with the Greek Super League finish next weekend, they will have almost a month without competitive football before facing Wolves. Sevilla and Roma are both looking to qualify for Champions League football via their domestic leagues between now and the Europa League restart.
Should we reach the final, which could be anyone’s from the semi-final stage, we would face anyone from the opposite side of the draw. Internazionale, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Shaktar Donetsk are probably the three biggest names. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers would be the most attractive tie.