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Manchester United up against Copenhagen as Inter Milan battle Bayer Leverkusen

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Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) and his teammates take part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football match Manchester United v Copenhagen at Cologne Stadium on August 9, 2020 in Cologne, western Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach / POOL / AFP)

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s dream of winning a trophy this season will come to test again today when Manchester United meet Copenhagen of Denmark in one of the Europa League quarterfinal matches.

Pay television broadcast outfit StarTimes will air the quarter-final matches of Europa League on its World Football and Sports Premium Channels.

Apart from Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United game against Copenhagen, Victor Moses’ Inter Milan will also face Bayer Leverkusen today.

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On Tuesday, Shakhtar Donetsk will face Basel, while Wolves battle Sevilla. All matches will air at 8.00 p.m.

Manchester United completed an emphatic 7-1 aggregate victory over LASK in the round of 16 after Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial added their Old Trafford strikes to the five, which had already been scored in the first leg in Austria back in March.

Now United head to Germany where FC Copenhagen will provide the last-eight opposition in Cologne on Monday night. The ultimate aim for the Red Devils is to replicate their 2017 success in the competition, albeit with a very different feel to the proceedings.

This is FC Copenhagen’s first-ever European quarter-final appearance, while they are the first Danish side to reach a major UEFA European quarter-final since Brondy IF in the 1996-97 UEFA Cup.

Not only will the remaining matches in the tournament be played without fans, of course, they will also have the same one-legged format and will all take place in less than a fortnight with the final falling on August 21.

Manchester United are looking to reach only their second European semi-final since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, doing so in 2016 -17 when they went on to win the Europa League under Jose Mourinho.

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Meanwhile, StarTimes has announced its acquisition of the rights to the Spanish Laliga and the UEFA Nations League.

The outfit said at the weekend that it secured four-season transmission rights for the Spanish top league, which will be broadcast in French language, from 2020/21 to 2024 season across sub-Saharan Africa.

Matches will be aired live and in HD on the StarTimes Sports channels as well as the StarTimes ON streaming application. 

UEFA Nations League is UEFA’s newest national-team competition and is entering its second edition. This national-team competition replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams. The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League starting from the group stage that will begin on September 3.

The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage matches will be played between September and November.

“We are delighted to have secured the broadcast rights to LaLiga Santander, one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world,” said Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sports Director. “The acquiring of LaLiga Santander shows our commitment to continuously enrich our bouquets and to provide our subscribers with premium sports content.”

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