The coronavirus pandemic meant the European football schedule had to be altered dramatically, with Euro 2020 postponed until next summer.
Due to travel between countries being near-impossible during the pandemic, both the Champions League and Europa League were postponed until August, with the competitions due to be completed in mini-tournament formats.
Lisbon, Portugal will host a truncated Champions League with knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards reduced to one-legged ties, while Germany will provide a similar base for the Europa League – and that’s the trophy Solskjaer has his eye on.
Having already qualified for the Champions League, the financial pressure of winning the Europa League has been lifted – but Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy at Old Trafford, and would dearly love to finish a fine campaign with silverware.
United’s return to Europa League football was a formality: having beaten LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, Solskjaer’s side comfortably progressed.
So, how does United’s upcoming trip to Germany look?
There will be eight teams competing in the Finals tournament in Germany to be held between August 10/21.
United will face FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals at Stadion Koln on Monday, August 10 at 8pm BST.
Now things are heating up. Should United beat Copenhagen, they would face the winners of Olympiacos/Wolves or Sevilla/AS Roma.
That semi-final would be held at Stadion Koln on Sunday, August 16 at 8pm BST.
To win the competition, United will face one of the eight other teams currently on the other side of the draw.
They are as follows: Inter Milan, Shakhtar, Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt/FC Basel.
Should United meet Antonio Conte’s Inter, then they will face a reunion with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young.
The Europa League final will be held on Friday, 21 August at – you guessed it – Stadion Koln, with kick-off at 8pm BST.