Everything you need to know ahead of Thursday’s game

Manchester United are back in Europa League action on Thursday as the Reds take on LASK in the first leg of a last-16 tie, which will be played behind closed doors.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer's men progressed from the previous round, courtesy of a 6-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge, and head into the clash on the back of last weekend’s derby-day triumph over Manchester City.

As for LASK, they defeated AZ Alkmaar in the previous round, 3-1 over two legs, and will compete at this stage for the first time in their history.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Thursday’s encounter...
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Thursday 12 March | Europa League | Linzer Stadion | 17:55 GMT | Live build-up on MUTV from 16:45 GMT | Referee: Artur Soares Dias.

WHICH TV CHANNEL IS IT ON?

The 17:55 GMT kick-off will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 2. Prior to the start, subscribers to MUTV can watch all the build-up via the ‘Match Day Live’ show from 16:45 GMT, followed by live radio commentary of the game itself. The match will be replayed in full on MUTV from 00:00 GMT on Friday and at various times throughout the day, while short highlights will also be available on ManUtd.com and the Official App.

WHO IS THE REFEREE?

Portuguese official Artur Soares Dias is the man in the middle. The 40-year-old has already overseen two matches this season involving English sides: Wolves' 3-2 win against Torino during the Europa League qualification phase last summer and Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in September. Dias last refereed the Reds in 2016, during the first leg of our Europa League last-32 tie against Danish outfit Midtjylland. On Thursday, he will be assisted by Rui Licino Tavares and Paulo Soares, while Hugo Miguel will assume the role of fourth official. On VAR duty for this one will be Tiago Martins and his assistant Luis Godinho.

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RIVALS WATCH

All the last-16 first leg ties are scheduled to take place this Thursday and there are two other British sides still in the competition. Premier League rivals Wolves face a trip to Greece to take on Olympiacos, who eliminated Arsenal in the last round. Rangers will be alone in flying the flag for Scotland after Celtic were knocked out in the last 32, and they will be hoping to overcome a tough test as German side Bayer Leverkusen travel to Ibrox. The eight matches will be spread out over two time slots on Thursday; below is the full list of fixtures…

17:55 GMT
Eintracht Frankfurt v Basel
Istanbul Basaksehir v Copenhagen
LASK v UNITED
Sevilla v Roma

20:00 GMT
Inter Milan v Getafe
Olympiacos v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rangers v Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg v Shakhtar Donetsk

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