Europa League Draw: Man United avoid side that knocked out Besiktas

Europa League Draw: Man United avoid side that knocked out Besiktas

Lyon eliminated Besiktas from the Europa League on penalties at the Vodafone Arena on Thursday.

The French side beat Besiktas in sudden death on penalties after both sides scored their first five spot kicks.

The Ligue 1 giants Lyon will face Ajax in the Europa League semi-finals.

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Manchester United meanwhile avoided Lyon and will face Celta Vigo instead.

United head into the semi-final tie as the bookmakers favourites, meanwhile Lyon are second favourites.

The Red Devils have drawn the third favourites to win the tournament according to the online bookies.

Source: Oddschecker
Source: Oddschecker

Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas revealed after the game that he thought Manchester united boss Jose Mourinho wanted to draw them in the semi-finals.

“I am sure Jose Mourinho wants us, as for me I do not really care, I would not mind Manchester United in the final,” Aulas said speaking to Turkish reporters after the game.

“It was a great game and I am so proud of the boys, we fought to the very end earned a psychological victory which will make us strong going forwards,” Aulas said speaking to Turkish reporters after the game.”

Besiktas were the only domestic league champions in the competition until they were knocked out on Thursday.

The Black Eagles would have made the semi-finals for the first time had they won the shoot out.