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Manchester United face Liverpool in the Europa League last 16

Manchester United have been drawn against the worst collection of human beings in the world in the next round of the Europa League

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Following the success of Liverpool versus Augsburg, and Manchester United's 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland last night, the two mighty (OK, mightily rubbish) fallen powerhouses of the North West have been drawn against one another in the Europa League.

In the red corner is the oddly-faced, bolshy and tactically conservative chancer Louis van Gaal, and his half-squad of Manchester United. Currently beset by injuries, massive depression and an exasperation of the futility of it all, just waiting for the arrival of Jose Mourinho in the summer, there's little reason to anticipate any success this season.

Save for the other, red corner. The spectacle-wearing, bizarrely happy, befringed German fraud that is Jurgen Klopp. Overseeing a Liverpool side that is even worse than the United one, Liverpool remain in with a chance of the League Cup, when they play Manchester City, and now have to negotiate a tie against United if they are to get any further.

Perhaps wisest, though, would be to consider the possibility that both sides will lose.

NB Obviously I don't really think Liverpool are the worst collection of human beings in the world. That is currently Arsenal or Barcelona, I'm not sure.