Europa League semi-final draw: Man Utd play Celta Vigo, away leg first, and Ajax take on Lyon

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Stockholm wlll host this year's Europa League final  - REX

12:38PM

No reunion

Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi is on loan at Celta Vigo this season but he ruptured his cruciate ligament two weeks ago and therefore cannot play. 

12:36PM

Your semi-finals

 

12:22PM

It will be a first

For the second semi-finalists - Celta Vigo have never played Man Utd before. Celta beat Liverpool home and away in 1998 and Villa too in the Intertoto in 2000 but lost against Arsenal home and away in the Champions League in 2003-04. 

12:18PM

Europa League semi-final draw

Ajax v Lyon

Celta Vigo v Manchester United.

Ties will be played on May 4 with the second legs at Parc OL and Old Trafford on May 11. 

12:17PM

The home team for the final

Can you bear the suspense?

Will be the winner of semi-final 1 (Ajax or OL). 

12:16PM

The second semi-final

Is confirmed as Celta Vigo v Manchester United. 

12:16PM

Who will  be at home in the second match? 

It's Celta Vigo

12:16PM

Ajax host Lyon 

in the first leg. 

12:15PM

Ajax  will play

Lyon.

12:15PM

First out of the bowl are 

Ajax 

12:14PM

Right we're off

After best wishes are conveyed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

12:12PM

And to make the draw ...

Is 2001 Champions League winner Patrik Andersson, the Europa League final ambassador. 

12:10PM

It's the return of Giorgio Marchetti

Which signals there are only five minutes' procrastination to go ...

12:05PM

First up

Is the president of the city council of Stockholm to welcome the final to her home town, the first in Sweden since 2004's final in Gothenburg. She notes that Zlatan scored four times against England in the inaugural Friends Arena fixture and hopes he will be fit soon. She also pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Stockholm and hopes to celebrate open societies. 

12:02PM

Here we go

And it's Pedro Pinto again as host. You'll know him from The Game podcast and CNN before he joined the Uefa gravy train. 

11:51AM

The semi-finals will be played ...

On Thursday, May 4 and Thursday, May 11, giving supporters based in England - no assumptions here, they could be Celta Vigo fans from Featherstone -  only 13 days to sort accommodation, commandeer fishing smacks from Hull or the ferry from Immingham.  Sadly the Newcastle-upon-Tyne service to Gothenburg is no more.  

11:45AM

Good morning

And welcome to coverage of the Europa League semi-final draw from Nyon which will begin shortly after noon, probably after we've been treated to this anthem, all a bit Knots Landing to the big-eared Cup's Dallas.

 And the names in the pot today are last night's succesful sides:

Manchester United

Lyon

Ajax

Celta Vigo.

Only Ajax have won it before (in 1992). In fact only Ajax have been finalists before so it will be virgin territory for at least one of the three other sides if they take the field at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on May 24. 

11:38AM

When is the Europa League semi-final draw? 

What is it?

It's the draw to decide who will play who in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

When is it?

Friday April 21. 

What time is it?

The draw for the last four of the Europa League will take place straight after the Champions League semi-final draw.

Expect the balls to start being pulled out midday UK time.

Who will Manchester United get in the draw for the last four of the Europa League  Credit: AP 

Where is it?

Like the Champions League draw, the ceremony takes place at Uefa headquarters in Syon, Switzerland.

What TV channel is it on?

You can follow live ball-by-ball coverage on BT Sport 2 from 11:30am.

The Europa League draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2  Credit: REX

Which teams are left in it? 

Lyon

Celta Vigo

Man Utd 

Ajax 

Are Manchester United favourites to win the competition?

Jose Mourinho is prioritising the Europa League over the Premier League Credit: Reuters

They are. It's likely the Europa League will be United's only chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Manchester United remain on course to win the Europa League for the first time in their history after a nervy win over Anderlecht on Thursday evening.

Marcus Rashford scored the all-important goal in extra time to ensure a 3-2 aggregate win for Jose Mourinho's side.

Marcus Rashford was Manchester United's saviour on Thursday evening  Credit: Getty Images 

Despite sitting just four points off fourth place, Jose Mourinho has already confirmed winning the Europa League is his number one priority.

“It is the only chance we have to win one more trophy,” said Mourinho, who has already lifted the League Cup in his first season at Old Trafford. 

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed his former team to win the Europa League  Credit: Getty Images 

“It is as difficult as finishing fourth, but it is the only competition that we can win now, so we have to fight for that.

Sir Alex Ferguson echoed Jose Mourinho's words insisting the club should focus all their energy on winning the competition.

"The thing is, we've never won the Europa League," he told ESPN.

"We've never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance.

Manchester United players congratulate Mkhitaryan, who has scored five times in the competition  Credit: AP 

"It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that."

“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.

“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”

What are the latest odds?

  • Man Utd - 23/20
  • Lyon - 3/1
  • Celta Vigo - 6/1
  • Ajax - 7/1

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