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Europa League semi-final draw 2017: Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo

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It's a trip to sunny Spain for Jose Mourinho's merry men.

Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

After their hard-earned win over Anderlecht last night, Manchester United have been drawn to play Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

We assume that Jose Mourinho will be relatively pleased to have avoided Olympique Lyonnais, who looked the most dangerous of the semi-final opponents and will be taking on Ajax. However, Celta Vigo are potentially tricky opponents: they may only sit tenth in La Liga, but they've beaten both Barcelona (in the league) and Real Madrid (over two legs in the Copa del Rey) this season.

Notable names from their squad include former Liverpool legend Iago Aspas, taker of the greatest corner of all time, and former Manchester City youth player John Guidetti. Spicy. Rather tragically, former United player Giuseppe Rossi won't be returning to Old Trafford, as he ruptured his cruciate ligaments just over a week ago.

United have never played Celta Vigo before, which is rather pleasing, since European football should be about sampling new places and trying new things. The first leg will be played in Vigo on 4 May, and the return, back at Old Trafford, will be held on 11 May. The final, for the optimists among you, is 24 May.