Manchester United will take on Belgian league leaders R.S.C Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.
Jose Mourinho’s men edged past FC Rostov 2-1 on aggregate after winning 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night, with Juan Mata’s strike 20 minutes from time sealing their passage through to the last eight.
And it is there where they will meet Anderlecht, who came second in their group behind Saint-Etienne, who United beat in the round of 32, and have since got past Zenit and Apoel Nicosia in the knockout stages.
The Belgian outfit are currently top of their league having won 18 of their 30 matches this term, and have lost just one of their last 15 to lead Club Brugge by two points at the summit.
United have not played Anderlecht since 2000, when they met in the group stages of the Champions League with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men winning 5-1 at Old Trafford, but losing 2-1 in the return game a month later.
In fact, the Red Devils have lost their last two games away to the Belgian side, but several United fans took to Twitter to express their delight at the draw…
Very happy drawing Anderlecht, one of the easiest draws we could've asked for. #MUFC
— Paul Murray (@Murray_P96) March 17, 2017
YES!! Anderlecht decent draw considering!! #mufc
— Conor Skillen (@conorskillen) March 17, 2017
Will take Anderlecht. Should be a comfortable tie for United! #MUFC
— Everything Man Utd (@everything_utd) March 17, 2017
Anderlecht I'll take that it's a good draw for us #MUFC
— James Wray (@James_Wray_) March 17, 2017
— MUFC (@imelchukov) March 17, 2017
With many supporters also pleased that the club have a relatively short journey after the 4,500 mile round trip to Rostov in the previous round…
Anderlecht is a good draw for #MUFC short trip, should have too much for them over two legs as well
— Paul Joannou (@PaulJoannou17) March 17, 2017
Happy with Anderlecht, only down the road #MUFC.
— Danny Kay (@DKay_99) March 17, 2017
— Jake Smyth (@jake_smyth) March 17, 2017