Europa League: Who can United face in the next round?

Thursday 23 February 2023 22:30

Following Manchester United’s Europa League play-off triumph over Barcelona, the next question naturally is: who do we face in the next round?

The draw for the round of 16 takes place on Friday at 11:00 GMT at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, where we will learn our opponents for the next hurdle on the road to Budapest.

The eight group-stage winners are seeded – including Real Sociedad from our pool – while the winners of the play-offs will be unseeded.

No two sides from the same territory can be drawn against each other in this round, so an all-Premier League clash with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is not immediately on the cards.

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The other caveat of being an unseeded team is that we will play the first leg of the last-16 at home and the second leg away.

Prior to the play-offs, eight sides had already confirmed their place in the hat for the next round, in the form of Union Saint-Gilloise, Arsenal, Freiburg, Ferencvaros, Feyenoord, Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Fenerbahce.

These teams – other than Arsenal – represent our potential last-16 opponents as the seeded teams, including Real Sociedad as things stand, even though we were their last opponents in the competition during the group stage.

Joining us as play-off winners in the unseeded category are Juventus, Sporting, Rennes, Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Sevilla and Roma.

From the quarter-finals, all of the teams remaining in the competition may be drawn against one another in a free draw.

The Europa League round-of-16 first legs will be played on Thursday 9 March, while the second legs will be played a week later on 16 March.