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Manchester United And Tottenham Discover Their Europa League Last 32 Opponents

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Juan Mata of Manchester United (8) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Feyenoord at Old Trafford on November 24, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The draw for the Europa League first knockout took place on Monday afternoon, with Manchester United and Tottenham the remaining Premier League participants.

José Mourinho’s side book their place in the draw despite group stage campaign that wobbled in parts, ultimately doing the necessary against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday to progress.

Their reward for progression is a tie against French side Saint-Étienne, currently residing in midtable in Ligue 1 and winners of a group that also contained Anderlecht, Mainz and Gabala

Tottenham, meanwhile, find themselves in familiar surroundings once again as their first foray in the Champions League since 2011 proved to be something of a nightmare, collecting eight points from six games and finishing third behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will play Belgian side Gent, who finished in second behind Shakhtar Donestk in their group.

With Southampton and League of Ireland champions Dundalk falling at the previous hurdle, British and Irish attention now shifts almost solely to Man United and Spurs for the remainder of the competition, as both look to go one better than Liverpool lest season and lift the trophy in Solna in May.

The tie of the round will see Villarreal square off against Serie A giants AS Roma, with Borussia Monchengladbach v Fiorentina another potential highlight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur (R) attempts to take the ball past Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow (L) during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Wembley Stadium on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Europa League Last 32 Group Stage Draw In Full:

Athletic Bilbao v APOEL

Legia Warsaw v Ajax

Anderlecht v Zenit

Astra Giurgiu v Genk

Manchester United v Saint-Étienne

Villarreal v Roma

Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen

Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiacos vs Osmanlispor

KAA Gent v Tottenham

FC Rostov v Sparta Prague

Krasnodar v Fenerbahce

Borussia Monchengladbach v Fiorentina

AZ Alkmaar v Olympique Lyonnais

Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Besiktas

PAOK v Schalke

The first legs will be played on Thursday 16th of February, with the return legs taking place the following week.

Author: The PA Team

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