The Europa League is heating up as we approach the Round of 16 stages of the competition. With some big teams still in contention, the question on everyone's lips is, are Manchester United the favourites to win the Europa League after Barcelona's elimination?
This article will explore Manchester United's chances of winning the Europa League?
In recent weeks, Manchester United's odds of winning the Europa League have been the subject of intense debate among football fans and pundits. Here you can read more about the odds and a big list of new bookmakers.
The Europa League is a fiercely competitive tournament, with some of Europe's biggest teams vying for the trophy.
The Europa League is an annual football club competition organized by UEFA, the governing body of European football.
The Europa League has been in existence since 1971 and is currently sponsored by Japanese automaker Nissan. The winner of the Europa League qualifies for the following season's Champions League.
Manchester United has a proud history in European competition, having won the Champions League three times and the Europa League once.
The Red Devils' recent form in the Premier League has been top-notch, as they sit 3rd in the table. Many have been questioning their ability to compete at the highest level. But they shut the critics being unbeaten in nine games.
Manchester United's form in the Europa League has been impressive.
They finished second in their group with the same points as Real Sociedad. Only one goal stopped them from topping the group.
The clash between Manchester United and Barcelona promised the fans real excitement. When the two clubs were drawn to face each other, the fans knew something extraordinary was about to happen.
The first leg finished with a 2-2 draw.
Lewandowski gave Barcelona the lead in the second leg after scoring from a penalty.
Erik ten Hag 's team came from behind to book their place in the last-16 after goals from Fred and Antony.
While Manchester United's form in the Europa League has been impressive, they still face stiff competition from the remaining teams in the competition.
The likes of Arsenal, Roma and Juventus, are all strong contenders for the trophy and will provide tough opposition for the Red Devils.
Arsenal, in particular, has a strong pedigree in the Europa League, reaching the final in 2019. The Gunners have also been in impressive form in the competition this season. Mikel Arteta 's side are topping the Premier League table so far this season.
Roma and Juventus are also dangerous teams, with a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal.
That being said, Manchester United has some key players that could make a difference in the latter stages of the competition. The likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have all been in impressive form this season and will be key to Manchester United's success in the Europa League.
Manchester United faces tough competition from the remaining teams in the competition, but with key players in good form, they have a real chance of winning the Europa League.
Only time will tell whether Manchester United can lift the trophy, but they certainly have the quality to do so.