Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal and Manchester United discover last-16 opponents

Ten Hag reacts to United victory

Last night Manchester United completed a comeback victory against Barcelona at Old Trafford to knock the La Liga leaders out of the Europa League and progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Manager Erik ten Hag praised his team’s effort after the game saying: “It was a magnificent night against a team who are the leaders of La Liga, I want to take this result with us in building belief.

“I know what Antony can do. He is brave and fearless. What he brought in the second half was what we needed. He dribbled, he scored. He will go for it and when he gets the opportunity. He will strike.

“Fred has an important role. He had to first stop Frenkie de Jong playing like a mosquito around him and behind him. He did it magnificently in the first leg as well and tonight he scored a goal. It was brilliant.”

Antony seizes chance as Erik ten Hag recaptures Manchester United’s spirit

If nothing else, Wout Weghorst can always say he turned a game against Barcelona. Admittedly, he turned it by going off rather than by anything he did on the pitch. Manchester United, outclassed with the giant Dutchman on the pitch, were galvanised and equalised two minutes after his departure. His replacement, Antony, scored the goal to beat Barcelona.

It was not quite all down to Weghorst. United already had ample evidence of Erik ten Hag’s gifts as a game-changer before a reshuffle and a replacement proved catalytic. After all, they have the most goals from substitutes in the Premier League this season. They may have had less proof of Antony’s ability to exert such an impact.

After early goals against Arsenal and Manchester City, there was a growing suspicion that the £86m man did not even rank in their strongest side. Bruno Fernandes had done such a compelling impression of a right winger of late that he looked Ten Hag’s best option. The jury may remain out on Antony: the flair player on the right the United fans sang about was George Best, not him.

Antony seizes chance as Erik ten Hag recaptures Manchester United’s spirit

Manchester United 2-1 Barcelona (4-3 on aggregate): In a game of two halfs at Old Trafford, Ten Hag changed the game with his substitutions as United recaptured the attitude of a Sir Alex Ferguson side

Thrilling Manchester United burst through Barcelona in vintage comeback

A straight line to the Europa League last-16, in effect, and in nature. That’s the only way to describe a pulsating Manchester United performance, where the devastating directness of their running brought Barcelona a volley of problems they couldn’t handle as well as, ultimately, elimination. Erik ten Hag might still say this 2-1 victory wasn’t his ideal football, but it was impressively thrilling, all the more so for how it involved a vintage European comeback. The most striking element of this game, beyond the contrasting passiveness of Barcelona, was just how fast United are.

Racing ahead on this occasion was substitute Antony, who was fast enough to bring two comebacks – one for his team, one for himself. The Brazilian enjoyed a moment he has waited long enough for, scoring a brilliant volley to add to Fred’s equaliser.

Barcelona by that point couldn’t cope. This hasn’t been what Xavi has got used to in La Liga. This might have to be what everyone else gets used to against Ten Hag’s United. You’re going to have to be quick, the team retaining such an impressive focus even as the takeover process – with all of its many complicated questions – looks so slow.

Thrilling Manchester United burst through Barcelona in vintage comeback

Manchester United 2-1 Barcelona (4-3 on aggregate): The hosts trailed to Robert Lewandowski’s penalty but Erik ten Hag’s side produced a comeback of pace and energy to stun the La Liga leaders

Who are the unseeded knockout round play-off winners?

Eight teams had to get through a knockout play-off round to reach this stage. The eight Europa League group runners up took on eight teams who dropped out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Here are the sides that made it through the play-offs:

Union Berlin (GER)

Manchester United (ENG)

Juventus (ITA)

Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

Roma (ITA)

Sevilla (ESP)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Sporting CP (POR)

Who are the seeded group stage winners?

Eight teams topped the Europa League group stages and went straight through to the last-16. They are:

Arsenal (ENG)

Betis (ESP)

Fenerbahçe (TUR)

Ferencváros (HUN)

Feyenoord (NED)

Freiburg (GER)

Real Sociedad (ESP)

Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL)

Theses sides will have home advantage in the second leg of the round of 16 matches.

How does it work?

The eight Europa League group-stage winners are seeded, and the eight play-off winners (matches between the group-stage runners-up and the relegated Champions League sides) are unseeded.

The seeded club will have home advantage in the second leg but teams cannot be drawn against another side from the domestic leagues.

When is the Europa League last-16 draw?

The draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 24 February, at 11am GMT.

The Europa League group winners will be paired with one of the teams who successfully made it through the play-off round.

Europa League draw

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog covering the two European knockout round draws taking place today. First up at 11am GMT is the draw for the Europa League round of 16.

The British interest here lies with Arsenal and Manchester United. The Gunners sailed straight through to the last-16 having won five of their six group games – the only blip in that run being a 2-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven on matchday five.

Manchester United meanwhile had to get through a two-legged play-off. They were drawn against Barcelona who dropped out of the Champions League. The first leg was played at the Nou Camp and after shipping the opening goal Erik ten Hag’s men fought back to lead 2-1 only for Raphinha to strike late and end the game in a draw.

The tie concluded last night at Old Trafford with Barcelona once again taking the lead through a Robert Lewandowski penalty before Brazilian duo Fred and Antony both scored to send United through 4-3 on aggregate.

As they came through the play-offs the Red Devils are unseeded so will face one of the Europa League group winners in the next round except Arsenal as teams cannot face another side from the same domestic league at this stage.

The Europa Conference League draw then follows. West Ham United will be hoping for a favourable opponent after making it through to the last-16. David Moyes’ men have struggled in the Premier League this season but they’re going on a fine European adventure and will hope to continue it.

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