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Can a British team follow Chelsea in lifting the Europa League 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.

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.

Having lifted the trophy in 2017, Manchester United are very aware of what it takes to seal Europa League glory.

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.

The vast majority of the players know what it takes to reach a Europa League final having played a part in making it to Baku last year, where they were beaten by Chelsea.

Schedule: Rangers v Braga, 8pm, February 20; Braga v Rangers, 5pm February 26.Rangers emerged from a tricky group with enormous credit to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages, with a memorable victory over Porto the highlight.

They now face another Primeira Liga opponent in the form of Braga, who sit behind Porto in the table domestically but have proved themselves fierce opponents already to another of Britain's Europa League hopes.

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