In case you missed it, Manchester United will play Liverpool in the Europa League last 16 round.
The tie of the round - although Tottenham and Dortmund fans might not agree - will put England’s greatest rivals against each other for the first time in European history.
The draw sparked a mass reaction on Twitter, with fans, pundits and players commenting on the juicy tie.
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Jamie Carragher ruffled Manchester United fans’ feathers by declaring the tie is a win-win for Liverpool - if they lose, the Red Devils will be forced to persist with the embattled Louis van Gaal, according to the Anfield legend.
United goalkeeper David de Gea couldn’t fail to hide his delight at facing the Merseyside club, tweeting: “C’mon @ManUtd”.
The official Europa League account replied, asking the 25-year-old if he was excited at the tie.
De Gea followed up with the response: “You can guess” with a winky face, a clear expression at his delight.
Check out their exchange below.
It’s the dream tie for football fans, and Jurgen Klopp, too.
The Liverpool boss revealed that he wanted to be drawn against Van Gaal’s United.
“It’s great,” the 48-year-old said, as per the Independent. “We deserve these games, with the game yesterday.
“Obviously it is not easy, but you can ask my staff, when they asked me yesterday ‘who do you want?’ I said ‘Manchester United’.”
Revenge on the mind
Klopp probably just wants to exact revenge on the Red Devils following United’s 1-0 win at Anfield last month. In fact, Liverpool have lost to the Manchester club in each of their last four meetings.
No wonder De Gea is so excited to play them.
The tie was set up after United overcame FC Midtjylland, eventually. Van Gaal’s team trailed 3-1 on aggregate at one point before Nikolay Bodurov’s own goal, Marcus Rashford’s brace and individual strikes from Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay sealed United’s passage to the last 16.
Liverpool advanced to the next round thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win over Augsburg.
Tottenham v Dortmund
Two leading contenders for the Europa League trophy will meet when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham face Dortmund.
The German club are favourites to win the tournament - Tottenham are the favourites from the English contingency - and it’s no surprise after Thomas Tuchel’s team swept Porto aside with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
That Tottenham and Dortmund will face each other is great news for the winners of the United and Liverpool tie. Victory in Europe’s lesser tournament is the best chance for either team to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the odds of success will rise significantly without either Spurs or the Bundesliga outfit in the tournament.
De Gea missed both games against Midtjylland but he clearly has eyes on playing in the March 10 and March 17 encounters.
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