Reds discover Europa League last-16 opponents
Manchester United have been drawn to play Austrian side LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Our reward for that emphatic victory is a two-legged tie against the Linz outfit, following the draw at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Scroll down to find out more about the draw and the full list of the last-16 fixtures…
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LASK finished second in the Austrian Bundesliga last term and, in 1965, became the first club from outside of Vienna to lift the domestic title. The Black and Whites are managed by former Crystal Palace and Bayern Munich defender Valerien Ismael and their squad is made up almost entirely of Austrian players. In fact, LASK only have four first-team representatives from other nations. To get to the last 16, Linz finished top of a group that included PSV Eindhoven, Rosenberg and Sporting Lisbon, and eliminated AZ Alkmaar - who we played during the group stage - by an aggregate score of 3-1. LASK are currently top of the Austrian Bundlesliga and are three points clear of second-place Red Bull Salzburg. Our last-16 opponents also play their home games in Europe at the 14,000-capacity Linzer Stadion, but host league matches at the Waldstadion.
WHEN DO THE TIES TAKE PLACE?
Like the last 32, the fixtures for the round of 16 are spaced a week apart. The first leg will take place in Austria on 12 March at 17:55 GMT, with the home fixture set to be staged at 20:00 GMT on 19 March.
We asked supporters who they wanted to play in the next round, via our Official App, and it seems they were keen on a reunion with former Reds Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku. Inter Milan topped the poll with 17 per cent of the vote, followed by our actual opponents LASK Linz in second (16 per cent) while Rangers were third with 15 per cent.
OUR RECORD AGAINST AUSTRIAN SIDES
The Reds have played eight games against clubs from Austria and have won seven of those clashes and drawn once. We’ve previously locked horns with Rapid Vienna and Sturm Graz (four times each), meaning our double header against LASK will see us play our third Austrian team. We last met a team from Austria in 2001, when we beat Sturm Graz 3-0 at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also scored for the Reds against Austrian opposition - he netted in a 2-0 triumph over Rapid Vienna in 1996 and five years later during a 2-1 win against Sturm Graz.
Solskjaer's two goals against Austrian visitors
Ole has scored in two of our eight clashes with Austrian clubs so far, netting against Rapid Vienna and Sturm Graz...
HOW CAN I GET TICKETS FOR OLD TRAFFORD?
Match tickets for the home leg on Thursday 19 March are on sale now. Visit www.manutd.com/tickets or call 0161 868 8000 for more information.
THE DRAW IN FULL
Istanbul Basaksehir v Copenhagen
Olympiacos v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rangers v Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg v Shakhtar Donetsk
Inter Milan v Getafe
Sevilla v Roma
Eintracht Frankfurt v Basel
LASK v UNITED
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