The draw for the quarter-finals of the Europa League was held Friday in Nyon, Switzerland, and while the tournament lacks the show-stopping appeal of the Champions League, the four matchups on offer still have plenty of intrigue.
Quarter-final draw, full results
Anderlecht vs. Manchester United
Celta Vigo vs. Genk
Ajax vs. Schalke
Lyon vs. Besiktas
Manchester United, fresh off an unconvincing victory over Rostov, will need to navigate a tricky encounter against Belgian league leader Anderlecht; the Red Devils will be hoping influential midfielder Paul Pogba can overcome his hamstring issue in time for the opening leg in Belgium.
The two most enticing clashes, though, feature an Ajax side (predictably) rife with young talent meeting Schalke, while free-scoring Lyon, powered by the red-hot Memphis Depay, has the unenviable task of trying to procure a positive result at the Vodafone Arena in Besiktas.
Looking to follow in the footsteps of Sevilla and maintain La Liga's recent dominance in the competition - a Spanish side has won the Europa League in five of the last seven seasons - Celta Vigo, led by the (surprisingly) prolific Iago Aspas, will meet Genk.
The first leg of each tie will be played on April 13, with the return fixtures all slated for the following week, on April 20.