It’s Ronaldo v Messi… again! Manchester get the nightmare Champions League last-16 draw as they’re paired with PSG, while Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City get off lightly with Lille, Salzburg and Villarreal
Manchester United will once again play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16, a fixture which will see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off.
The star-studded, blockbuster tie is the pick of the action from the next round of the competition, with the other Premier League clubs handed relatively welcome draws.
Holders Chelsea will take on LOSC Lille, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, while Manchester City face Villarreal. Salzburg are Liverpool’s opponents, meanwhile.
The eight group winners and eight runners-up from the group stage discovered their fate this morning in Nyon, Switzerland, with the next round to be held in February.
United and City were able to put themselves in a strong position after winning their respective groups, meaning that both were seeded for the draw.
However, it is the latter who appear to have got off lightly after drawing Villarreal, who finished second behind United in Group F.
For the first time in four years, United were in the hat and, intriguingly, they beat Paris Saint-Germain that year under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then their caretaker boss.
Ralf Rangnick, the current interim manager, will now target a similar result against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co – although it may well prove the toughest last-16 test.
United have also been drawn to face PSG at various stages of the Champions League over three of the last four seasons. They will play the deciding leg at Old Trafford.
More to follow.
Champions League draw in full
Benfica v Real Madrid
Villarreal v Manchester City
Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich
Salzburg v Liverpool
Inter Milan v Ajax
Sporting Lisbon v Juventus
Chelsea v Lille
Manchester United v PSG
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