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Europa League last-16: Man United draw AC Milan, Arsenal vs Olympiacos, Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb

Manchester United set up a thrilling reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as AC Milan were paired with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the last-16 of the Europa League.

United made light work of Real Sociedad in the round of 32, progressing 4-0 on aggregate after a thrilling first leg in Spain, but face a tougher assignment in the next round.

AC Milan found life tougher against Red Star Belgrade, eventually progressing on away goals, but Ibrahimovic is still in fine form at the age of 39 and will hold no fear returning to Old Trafford. 

Manchester United were handed a blockbuster reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the last 16

United will take on Ibrahimovic's AC Milan in the last-16 round of the UEFA Europa League

 Ibrahimovic (left) spent two seasons at Old Trafford where he scored a total of 29 goals

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW IN FULL

Ajax v Young Boys

Dynamo Kiev v Villarreal 

Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiacos v Arsenal 

Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham

Manchester United v AC Milan

Slavia Prague v Rangers

Granada v Molde 

Ibrahimovic thrived in his two years at Old Trafford as he went on to score 29 goals in 53 games following a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Swedish star helped guide United to glory in the EFL Cup and the Europa League. 

Being paired with Milan means Solskjaer's side now face a brutal run of fixtures that sees them face Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City in the Premier League, the home leg of the last-16 tie before a match-up against top-four chasing West Ham ahead of the second leg of the Europa League last-16 in Milan.

History does not favour United in the match-up given they have been eliminated from four of their five UEFA European knockout ties against AC Milan. 

Arsenal, who were three minutes away from elimination at the hands of Benfica on Thursday night, were handed a quick return to Greece where they will face Olympiacos. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck late in the 87th minute to salvage the Gunners' season and they will be looking for similar success on their return to Greece for the next round. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang salvaged Arsenal's season with a late winner against Benfica

Tottenham's reward for beating Wolfsberger is a last-16 match-up against Dinamo Zagreb

EUROPA LEAGUE ODDS

Manchester United 7/2

Tottenham 9/2

Arsenal 6/1

Ajax 9/1

Villarreal 10/1

Roma 13/1

AC Milan 14/1

Rangers 19/1

Shakhtar Donetsk 22/1

Granada 28/1

Dynamo Kiev 35/1

Olympiacos 41/1

Slavia Prague 43/1

Dinamo Zagreb 60/1

Young Boys 60/1

Molde 130/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair 

Mikel Arteta's side have only one avenue left for a trophy this season and they will go into the last-16 as favourites against the Greek side despite their inconsistent performances in the Europa League.

For Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham, they also start their last-16 tie on the road as Jose Mourinho's side were paired with Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb. 

Mourinho won this competition with Manchester United in 2017 and will believe Tottenham can go all the way this season as a way to secure qualification into next season's Champions League.  

Steven Gerrard's Rangers, who are yet to be beaten in the Scottish Premiership this season, take on Slavia Prague. 

The Czech side upset the odds in the previous round by knocking off Brendan Rodgers 2-0 in the reverse leg, having drawn a blank in the first leg in Prague.  

Elsewhere, Granada CF, who saw off Napoli against the odds, taken on fellow last-16 debutant's Molde. 

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso accused Granada of lacking 'respect' for time-wasting tactics in Naples on Thursday. 

But they now have a real chance of reaching the last eight as they face Molde, who are out at 130/1 to win the tournament in Gdansk, Poland. 

Switzerland's Young Boys face Ajax while Roma take on Shakhtar Donetsk. The final tie sees Dynamo Kiev paired with Unai Emery's Villarreal. 

The last-16 matches will take place on March 11 and March 18 with alternative venues, due to travel issues which blighted the round-of-32 still to be determined.

Rangers swept Royal Antwerp aside and they take on Slavia Prague in the next round

Roma, one of the tournament's dark horses, will need to beat Shakhtar Donetsk to progress

Re-cap how the draw unfolded in Nyon with Sportsmail's DANIEL RIPLEY...

That just about wraps it up here...

Here is the draw once again - this time with a fancy graphic from UEFA. Thanks for following and cheerio.

A recap of the draw...

Manchester United set up a thrilling reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as AC Milan were paired with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the last-16 of the Europa League.

United made light work of Real Sociedad in the round of 32, progressing 4-0 on aggregate after a thrilling first leg in Spain, but face a tougher assignment in the next round.

AC Milan found life tougher against Red Star Belgrade, eventually progressing on away goals, but Ibrahimovic is still in fine form at the age of 39 and will hold no fear returning to Old Trafford.

Arsenal, who were three minutes away from elimination at the hands of Benfica, were handed a quick return to Greece where they will face Olympiacos.

Mikel Arteta's side have only one avenue left for a trophy this season and they will go into the last-16 as favourites against the Greek side.

For Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham, they also start their last-16 tie on the road as Jose Mourinho's side were paired with Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb.

Mourinho won this competition with Manchester United in 2017 and will believe Tottenham can go all the way this season as a way to secure qualification into next season's Champions League.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers, who are yet to be beaten in the Scottish Premiership this season, take on Slavia Prague.

The last-16 matches will take place on March 11 and March 18 with alternative venues, due to travel issues which blighted the round-of-32 still to be determined.

Manchester United will take on AC Milan for the first time in 11 years

David Beckham derby anyone?

I refuse to accetp this as a Zlatan Ibrahimovic derby - not while he is still playing for one of the teams. I don't make the rules.

So... tie of the round?

Granada vs Molde is one for the hipsters but let's get straight to the point here. Manchester United vs AC Milan... what a draw!

It should be a match taking place in the latter stages of the Champions League and now we have it in the last-16 of the Europa League. Told you this competition starts to get serious now...

Here is the last-16 draw in full

Ajax vs Young Boys
Dynamo Kiev vs Villarreal
Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United vs AC Milan
Slavia Prague vs Rangers
Granada vs Molde

The Europa League last 16 will take place between March 11 and March 18, with the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals the following day after the second leg. 

The draw is coming up - here is a reminder of how it all works

I have seen some complicated draws in my time, the Europa League curiously enough being guilty of many of them, but on this occasion at least it's plain simple from now on.

There are no seeded teams, there are no country restrictions. It's a free-for-all as any team could face any other. Spurs vs Arsenal, Manchester United vs Molde, AC Milan vs Ajax - all are possibilities. 

The only minor element I would add is that the team drawn first for a fixture will play their away leg second.

Time for the draw?

UEFA's head of competitions Michael Heselschwerdt has joined Pedro Pinto on stage. He is basically just repeating what Pinto said earlier about what happened last night.

He does though invite former Switzerland star Hakan Yakin on stage who will help conduct the draw. Top player in his day.

Hakan Yakin of Switzerland celebrates scoring during Euro 2008

...and here come those highlights

Every. Single. Time. We know what happened, Pedro! Let's just get on with it. Thankfully these are only brief clips so we should be underway with the important bits shortly.

The show is underway in Nyon..

Note I said 'show', not 'draw'. Pedro Pinto is on stage now giving a brief introduction...

The draw is set to get underway in just five minutes time...

In theory anyway. I know UEFA say it will start at midday but they do like to see how long they can drag a draw out before actually doing the important bit of actually picking balls out of a pot. We will probably have to watch 30 minutes of highlights from the round-of-32 first...

Could Unai Emery be heading back to Arsenal?

Here's a tie to possibly keep an eye out for. Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal just over a year ago but he has an interest in this draw as the manager of Villarreal where he is doing wel at rebuilding his reputation. 

He has previous in this competition too - winning it three times in a row with Sevilla up until 2016 as well as reaching the final with the Gunners in 2019 before they got battered 4-1 by Chelsea.

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery could return to the Gunners with his Villarreal side

The key dates for your diaries

The Europa League last 16 will take place between March 11 and March 18, with the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals the following day after the second leg. 

The quarter-finals will then be played between April 8 and April 15, while the semi-finals will be played on both April 29 and May 6. 

The final, which will be in Gdansk, Poland this year, will take place on May 26.  

How did the British teams get on in the round-of-32?

Slavia Prague players celebrate after dumping Leicester City out of the Europa League

Who are the favourites for the Europa League?

Manchester United appear to have the bookies backing now, with Tottenham second favourites despite their recent struggles under Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal behind Villarreal though? I'm not sure about that...

Manchester United 11/4
Tottenham 11/2
Villarreal 13/1
Arsenal 13/2
Ajax 7/1
Roma 9/1
AC Milan 10/1
Granada 20/1
Rangers 22/1
Shakhtar Donetsk 22/1
Olympiacos 33/1
Slavia Prague 40/1
Young Boys 40/1
Dynamo Kiev 50/1
Dinamo Zagreb 100/1
Molde 250/1

Odds courtesy of betfair.

How will the draw for the last 16 work?

I have seen some complicated draws in my time, the Europa League curiously enough being guilty of many of them, but on this occasion at least it's plain simple from now on.

There are no seeded teams, there are no country restrictions. It's a free-for-all as any team could face any other. Spurs vs Arsenal, Manchester United vs Molde, AC Milan vs Ajax - all are possibilities. 

The only minor element I would add is that the team drawn first for a fixture will play their away leg second.

The balls are ready to have their respective team names placed in them

And just in case you needed reminding, here are all the sides that will be taking part on the last 16? Who are your dream draws or ones to avoid?

AC Milan (ITA)
Ajax (HOL)
Arsenal (ENG)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
Granada (ESP)
Manchester United (ENG)
Molde (NOR)
Olympiacos (GRE)
Rangers (SCO)
Roma (ITA)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Slavia Prague (CZE)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Villarreal (ESP)
Young Boys (SUI)

Now the Europa League stars cooking on gas!

Often derided, but there is no denying that even the Europa League starts getting tasty as soon as it enters the last 16 and this season is no different.

There are many big names in the hat for the draw and with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Rangers all making it through this week that gives us a strong chance of an 'all-British' tie in the next round.
So good morning all and welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League last-16 draw which will get underway from midday GMT.

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