Arsenal need to save their season, United are eyeing a repeat of their 2017 win and Wolves continue to surprise… with FIVE British teams still in the Europa League, which of them can lift the trophy?

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The Europa League returns on Thursday with no fewer than five British teams entering the knockout stages with the aim of reaching the final at the Stadion Energa Gdansk come May.

Manchester United, Celtic, Wolves, Arsenal and Rangers will all be weighing up the importance of a potential European run against their domestic duties, trying to work out how best to approach this stage of the competition, the Round of 32.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the prospects for each of the five, and what chances they have of going all the way to Poland.

Manchester United

Next Up: Club Brugge 

Schedule: Club Brugge v Manchester United, 5.55pm, February 20; Manchester United v Club Brugge, 8pm, February 27 

Historically, you’d suggest this should be plain sailing for United – but little has been for them of late.

Club Brugge don’t have the best of records against English opposition – failing to win any of their last 10 meetings against sides from England’s top flight. Two of those clashes were against United in 2015, when – under Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils triumphed 7-1 on aggregate to seal their spot in the Champions League group stages. It doesn’t appear it will be as straightforward this time around.

The Belgians are flying at the top of the Belgian First Division A, holding a nine-point lead at the top of the table, and will also be buoyed by some impressive displays during their Champions League campaign.

They came close to a famous victory at the Bernabeau where they couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 half-time lead, while Philippe Clement’s men also equipped themselves well against Paris Saint-Germain, proving they are no pushovers.

With United’s defence looking suspect of late, Emmanuel Dennis will be the frontman hoping to take advantage of any signs of weakness.

Can they go all the way?

Having lifted the trophy in 2017, Manchester United are very aware of what it takes to seal Europa League glory. It is just a question of them having the appetite for it this time around.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly had his priorities elsewhere during the group stages, having fielded 32 different players over the six clashes – more than any other side in the competition. Eleven of those were teenagers, too, most making their appearance during the ill-fated trip to Astana.

Now into the knockout stages and with silverware up for grabs, not to mention a coveted Champions League spot, the likelihood is that United will start to give the competition due care and attention.

While the return of Eric Bailly to defence last night suggests problems at the back may be fixed, their current injury problems up top mean the main worry will be who can provide the goals to help them lift the trophy.

Trophy chances: 4/5


Next Up: Copenhagen

Schedule: Copenhagen v Celtic, 5.55pm, February 20; Celtic v Copenhagen, 8pm, February 27 

Celtic produced their best group stage performance in any competition since 2012-13 as they topped Group E thanks to an impressive double over Serie A title contenders Lazio, which included a last-minute win in Rome.

Their home form has been immaculate in this season’s competition, with three wins from three, however that’s not where the worry lies for Neil Lennon’s side.

Celtic are notoriously poor travellers in Europe and haven’t tasted away day victory in the knockout stages of any competition since 2003, when they made it all the way to the final.

If there is any side though that could facilitate a change in that trend, then Copenhagen could be a willing volunteer. They’ve got this far scoring just five goals across their six group matches. If the Scottish champions can keep them quiet in Denmark, then progression could be a real possibility.

Can they go all the way?

Celtic Park on a European night makes any tie against the green half of Glasgow a formidable challenge, with both Inter and Zenit St Petersburg failing to win there in recent years.

However, as long as they continue to struggle on away days across the continent, it’s difficult to see Lennon and his men troubling the latter stages of the tournament.

Trophy Chances: 2/5


Next Up: Espanyol

Schedule: Wolves v Espanyol, 8pm, February 20; Espanyol v Wolves, 5.55pm, February 27 

Wolves might have been kicking themselves after throwing away a 3-1 lead in Braga and with it top spot in Group K, but on reflection this was possibly a better draw for Nuno Espirito Santo and his men.

While Braga face a tricky tie against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, Wolves face an Espanyol side over two legs that squeezed through as Group H winners with just three wins and 11 points.

In fairness, that tally of victories is just one short of what they have managed in La Liga all season long, with the Catalan club rooted to the bottom of Spain’s top flight – but things are looking up.

On their third manager of the season, Abelardo Fernandez finally appears to be getting a tune out of the Barcelona-based club, helped by the €40million spent in January on three new signings – Adrian Embarba, Raul de Thomas and centre-back Leandro Cabrera.

Despite the additions, Wolves should be licking their lips at the prospect of passage into the last 16.

Can they go all the way?

As they have proven in the Premier League time and again under Santo, Wolves certainly have the ability to mix it with the best sides in Europe on their day.

There will be tougher tests than Espanyol on any run, but as both Arsenal and Manchester United can attest too, they won’t fear any challenge laid in front of them.

Trophy Chances: 3/5


Next Up: Olympiakos

Schedule: Olympiakos v Arsenal, 8pm, February 20; Arsenal v Olympiakos, 8pm, February 27 

These two must be sick of the sight of each other. This will be the ninth – and tenth – time that these two have met in all European competitions.

Coming up against one of the most hostile atmospheres in Europe has proved too much for Arsenal in the past, with them winning on just one of their four visits to the Karaiskakis Stadium – although that was a 3-0 victory on their last trip in 2015.

Any notion of a similar outcome this time around may be fanciful, though. Olympiakos have dropped just two points at home all season on the domestic front and sit top of Super League Greece. Only Bayern Munich have won there this season, with Tottenham held to a 2-2 draw in their Champions League group stage clash.

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