Nyon - Manchester
United will face the Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the
Europa League over two legs and Ajax take on Lyon, after the draw on
Jose Mourinho's United will be strong favourites and have the
advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford as they attempt to
lift the Europa League, knowing victory in the final would give them a
place in next season's Champions League.
United will travel to Spain for the first leg on May 4 before Celta visit Manchester for the return on May 11.
With United currently four points outside the Premier League top
four, winning the Europa League for the first time may represent their
best chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Celta sit 10th in La Liga and progressed from the quarter-finals
after following up a 3-2 home win against Genk by drawing Thursday's
second leg 1-1 in Belgium.
United have never faced Celta in UEFA competition and the Spanish
side are through to a major European semi-final for the first time in
As England's final European representatives this season, United were
made to sweat by Anderlecht in the quarter-final second leg on Thursday.
Marcus Rashford's extra-time goal sealed a 2-1 win at Old Trafford that sent United through 3-2 on aggregate.
If United make it to the final in Stockholm's Friends Arena on May 24
it will be the club's first appearance in the decisive match of
Europe's second-tier tournament.
It would also be United's first European final since they lost the 2011 Champions League decider against Barcelona at Wembley.
Europa League semi-final fixtures after Friday's draw:
May 4 - Ajax (NED) v Lyon (FRA), Celta Vigo (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)
May 11 - Lyon (FRA) v Ajax (NED), Manchester United (ENG) v Celta Vigo (ESP)