By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool and Manchester United will go face to face in the last 16 of the Europa League in a mouthwatering showdown – and Twitter immediately went into meltdown.
The Premier League giants will meet for the first time in a European tie in a match that was immediately billed as a ‘Battle of Britain’ clash.
The other Premier League team still involved in the competition, Tottenham, have been drawn against German side Borussia Dortmund.
The games will be played on Thursday, 10 and 17 March, while the winners of the tournament qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It is fair to say that it attracted rather more reaction than the standard Europa League last 16 draw:
Get the feeling the cheap #EuropaLeague tickets will halt for that LFC v MUFC fixture.
— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) February 26, 2016
Can someone interrupt @Gianni_2016 and tell him the Europa League just had an excitement upgrade? Liverpool v Man Utd.
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) February 26, 2016
Great Europa League draw for LFC, if we win happy days if we lose LVG will probably stay!!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 26, 2016
Manchester United vs Liverpool in the Europa League, what a draw that is pic.twitter.com/WHUafKvAns
— Dan (@DanNistelrooy92) February 26, 2016
United, who have never won the tournament, beat Midtjylland 6-3 on aggregate, with Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his debut as United won the second leg 5-1 on Thursday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool beat Augsburg 1-0 on aggregate with James Milner scoring the only goal of the tie on Thursday. The Reds won the old Uefa Cup three times, in 1973, 1976 and 2001.
2 footballing Giants have been drawn together in the Europa league as Dortmund face Spurs. Elsewhere Manchester United take on Liverpool.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 26, 2016
Liverpool and Manchester United meet for the first time in European competition.
Who are you backing to win? pic.twitter.com/ab2otrGJXk
— footyfanz.com (@footyfanz_) February 26, 2016
What is the full draw?
• Liverpool v Manchester United
• Fenerbahce v Braga
• Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham
• Shakhtar Donetsk v Anderlecht
• FC Basel v Sevilla
• Villarreal v Bayer Leverkusen
• Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
• Sparta Prague v Lazio