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Which sides are left in the Europa League?

Manchester United secured a berth in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals after completing a 7-1 aggregate victory over LASK on Wednesday.

The Reds will now face Danish runners-up FC Copenhagen in the last eight, which will be exclusively held in Germany as part of the mini-tournament necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the remainder of the tournament set to be wrapped up in just 15 short days, it’s going to be non-stop European action.

But which other sides are still involved in the competition? And, including Copenhagen, how much do you know about those seven clubs?

Well, we’ve got you sorted with this special report, which first appeared in our Official Magazine Inside United - order your August edition here!

COPENHAGEN

Nationality: Danish

Any history with United: Drawn in the same Champions League group in 2006/07, United won 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks in part to a rare John O’Shea strike. Marcus Allback returned the favour in Copenhagen with a 1-0 win, in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started up front for United.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: Second to Midtjylland in the Danish Superliga. FCK came through a Europa League group featuring Swedish rivals Malmo in The Bridge Derby and looked impressive against Celtic in the last 32.

Player to look out for: Rasmus Falk has provided plenty of moments of inspiration for Copenhagen in the Europa League this season. The right-footed winger is a real threat cutting in from the left flank and is more than capable of both scoring and assisting.

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Nationality: English

Any history with United: Plenty – 105 meetings (49 United wins, 20 draws, 36 Wolves victories) dating back to October 1892. The teams have already met four times in league and cup this season, mustering just three goals between them.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: In the mix for a Champions League place right until season’s end domestically. Began their season more than 12 months ago on 25 July 2019 in the Europa League second qualifying round, knocking out Torino, Besiktas, Espanyol and Olympiacos en route to the last eight.

Player to look out for: Adama Traore. A game-changing winger who has added end product to a unique dribbling gift this season and has a telepathic understanding with top scorer Raul Jimenez.

SEVILLA

Nationality: Spanish

Any history with United: A late brace from Wissam Ben Yedder knocked United out of the 2017/18 Champions League in the only historical competitive tie between the teams.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: Back in the Champions League next season after a two-season break, the team from the banks of the Nervion river were unbeaten in La Liga from February. The five-time Europa League winners comfortably topped their group, knocked out CFR Cluj on away goals in the last 32 and beat Roma in the last 16.

Player to look out for: A £13.5 million arrival from Marseille last summer, Argentine forward Lucas Ocampos has thrived in his first season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, his 14 La Liga goals and industrious displays from the right-wing impressing many.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Nationality: German

Any history with United: United may be unbeaten in six fixtures against Leverkusen, most recently winning 5-0 in November 2013, but it was the Germans who crushed the Reds’ Champions League dreams in the 2001/02 semi-finals. Oliver Neuville scored in both legs to take Die Werkself through on away goals.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: German Cup runners-up to Bayern Munich and already in next season’s Europa League group stage after finishing fifth in the Bundesliga. They finished third in their Champions League group, beat Porto in the last 32 of the Europa League and then knocked Rangers out in the last 16.

Player to look out for: Laconic playmaking genius Kai Havertz will be one of the most sought-after young talents in this summer’s transfer window. Just 21, he scored 12 Bundesliga goals and assisted a further six last term.

SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Nationality: Ukrainian

Any history with United: A win and a draw from the 2013/14 Champions League group stage. Former United attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan won seven major honours with Shakhtar.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: Cantered to a fourth successive Ukrainian title with five games of the season to spare, thanks in no small part to Golden Boot-winning Brazilian striker Junior Moraes. The Miners finished behind Manchester City and Atalanta in their Champions League group, beating Benfica to reach the Europa League’s last 32.

Player to look out for: A 24-year-old centre- back of rare maturity and skill who has already won 26 caps for his country, Mykola Matviyenko has been the rock in a back four which had the best defensive record in Ukraine in 2019/20. 

INTER MILAN

Nationality: Italian

Any history with United: Most memorable of four past meetings was the 1998/99 quarter-final second leg in which United’s never-say-die spirit, and a late Paul Scholes equaliser in the San Siro, secured safe passage en route to the Treble.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: Inter have led a three-team challenge to perennial Serie A champions Juventus in an impressive domestic campaign. The Nerazzurri were third to Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in a tough Champions League group, knocking out Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League last 32. Coppa Italia semi-finalists. 

Player to look out for: Former Red Romelu Lukaku has been in clinical Serie A form, with 22-year-old strike partner Lautaro Martinez likely to fetch big money in this summer’s transfer window.

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BASEL

Nationality: Swiss

Any history with United: A bogey team in Europe: United have won two, drawn two and lost two to the Swiss side. Few United fans will forget the 2-1 defeat at St Jakob Park which knocked us out of the 2011/12 group stage.

How they’ve done in 2019/20: Currently third in the Swiss Super League with improved form since the league’s post-lockdown resumption. Knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round by United’s Europa League last 32 opponents LASK, Basel topped their UEL group ahead of Getafe, saw off APOEL in the last 32 and beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the last 16.

Player to look out for: On loan from Brazilian giants Palmeiras, 22-year-old centre-forward Arthur fired 13 goals in  his first 22 league games this season and will be desperate to get off the mark in continental competition to earn a permanent move. 

This article was last updated at 22:00 BST on 6 August.

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