Monday, 14 December 2015

Man United to face Midtjylland in Europa League, as Liverpool paired with Augsburg and Tottenham get Fiorentina

Manchester United have been handed a trip into the unknown after being drawn against Midtjylland in the Europa League last 32 tie.

Valencia vs Rapid Vienna
Fiorentina vs Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund vs  Porto

Midtjylland vs Manchester United
Augsburg vs Liverpool

 Fenerbache vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Anderlecht vs Olympiacos
Galatasaray vs Lazio
Sparta Prague vs FC Krasnodar
Sion vs Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Schalke
Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla vs Molde
Sporting vs Bayer Leverkusen
Villarreal vs Napoli
St Etienne vs Basle

First leg: Thursday 18 February 2016

Second leg: Thursday 25 February 2016
Defeat at Wolfsburg saw Louis van Gaal’s side embarrassingly exit the Champions League early despite a favourable group.

And they will face Brentford owner Matthew Benham’s Danish side, who have taken Europe by storm with their Moneyball approach to the game.

Midtjylland were only founded in 1999 after the merger of two clubs and won their first league title last season.

And the chairman of Midtjylland Rasmus Ankersen reckons United can be toppled.

'We've beaten an English team already and it's another challenge for us we're ready to take on,' he said.

'We are a small club with a small budget. We can't outspend so we have to out-think them, that's why we're successful.

'If we can beat Southampton we have a chance of beating United. The players deserved to win against Southampton and they will have the belief they can do it again.'

Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp avoided a sensational reunion with Dortmund, are to play Germans Augsburg and will fancy their chances of progressing to the last 16.

Augsburg surprised many by finishing above Dortmund and Schalke in the Bundesliga last season but are languishing in midtable this.

They lost three of their six group games in the competition, conceding 11 goals.

Tottenham have a very different prospect though and will again meet Fiorentina - under a year after being dumped out of the competition by the Serie A side.

Goals by Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah were enough to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs in the same round last season, winning 3-1 on aggregate.

Gary Neville’s Valencia have been drawn against Rapid Vienna, with first legs to take place week commencing February 14 and the return fixture a week later.

Elsewhere, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde - who topped Celtic’s group - have a stern test against Sevilla, while Galatasaray play Lazio.

Dortmund against Porto looks a tie more suited to the Champions League, with Villarreal - who beat Real Madrid on Sunday - facing Napoli.