Manchester United draw rivals Liverpool in UEFA Europa League

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Manchester United will play their biggest rivals Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, in the biggest tie of the round.

The Round of 16 draw was made on Friday afternoon with the other English team Tottenham Hotspur facing Borussia Dortmund.

The clash adds some much-needed spice to the Europa League, which has often been seen as the ‘mickey-mouse version’ of the UEFA Champions League.

Both Liverpool and United are looking to save their season following two terrible league campaigns. United are currently in fifth place, needing to make up six points on local rivals Manchester City.

Liverpool aren’t too far behind in eighth place, just three points off United.

The tie will be played on March 10th at Anfield and March 17th at Old Trafford.

At Anfield in January, Wayne Rooney scored in front of the away fans to give Louis van Gaal’s side the victory in the North-West derby.

Van Gaal has a brilliant record against Liverpool, winning all four of his competitive games against them, also winning a friendly in the International Champions Cup.

United came through into the Round of 16 with a 6-3 aggregate victory against Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday evening while Liverpool overcame German side Augsburg 1-0. Marcus Rashford scored twice on his debut after Anthony Martial picked up a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

Both United and Liverpool have huge injury issues with Louis van Gaal dealing with around 15 injuries ahead of United’s Premier League game against Arsenal on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Captain Wayne Rooney is out for two months, with fellow strikers Martial and Will Keane both possibly out.

Goalkeeper David de Gea suffered an injury in the warm up for the first leg vs Midtjylland but could return against Arsenal. Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia have both returned to training, with Rojo playing for 20 minutes against Midtjylland.

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