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United youngsters before a UEFA Youth League game.

United youngsters learn UEFA Youth League fate

Manchester United will face Danish side Midtjylland away from home in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.

The Reds overcame Juventus, Young Boys and Valencia to top the qualifying group, which mirrored the first-team's fixtures. 

The play-off victors, including those on the domestic champions path, became part of the 16-team draw in Nyon, with the Reds being paired with the club Marcus Rashford made his senior debut against, three years ago, in the Europa League.

Tahith Chong takes on the Juventus defence.
Tahith Chong has impressed in the UEFA Youth League this season.

Nicky Butt's youngsters reached this stage last season, after beating Brodarac in the play-off, but lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park.

The date of the fixture, either 12 or 13 March, will be confirmed in due course. The path to the quarter-finals and semi-finals have also been mapped out with those taking place on 2/3 April and 26 April, with the final, in Nyon, scheduled for 29 April. Porto or Tottenham Hotspur will bar our way if we get past our Danish opponents.

“I was really pleased with how the team performed in the group stage, every match gave us a different scenario and we rose to each occasion to finish top of the group,” Butt told ManUtd.com. “So we go into the round of 16 with plenty of confidence.

"We are really looking forward to the game, it is another challenge and it will be a great experience for the side to go and play against FC Midtjylland. That’s what it’s all about in this competition, gaining experience against European opposition and developing as players.”

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE ROUND OF 16:

Chelsea v Montpellier
Midtjylland v Manchester United
Dinamo Zagreb v Liverpool
Lyon v Ajax
Barcelona v Hertha Berlin
Porto v Tottenham Hotspur
Hoffenheim v Dynamo Kiev
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

James Garner leaps for joy.
James Garner reacts to scoring against Juventus in the UEFA Youth League at Leigh Sports Village.

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS

Barcelona or Hertha Berlin v Lyon or Ajax
Hoffenheim or Dynamo Kiev v Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid
Porto or Tottenham Hotspur v Midtjylland or Manchester United
Chelsea or Montpellier v Dinamo Zagreb or Liverpool

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS

Barcelona or Hertha Berlin or Lyon or Ajax v Chelsea or Montpellier or Dinamo Zagreb or Liverpool
Hoffenheim or Dynamo Kiev or Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid v Porto or Tottenham Hotspur or Midtjylland or Manchester United

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