Man Utd have been handed a tough draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo can resume his long-standing rivalry with Lionel Messi when the two sides meet, with the first leg in the French capital to come in late February before the return fixture at Old Trafford.
Manchester City will head to Villarreal, Liverpool have been drawn against RB Salzburg, and Chelsea will take on Lille.
United and PSG met in Group H of last season’s Champions League – United’s 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes was among the highlights of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, though they lost the home fixture 3-1.
But this time the build-up will be dominated by Ronaldo and Messi, who have both changed clubs since then.
The pair have met in 36 previous games, with Messi finishing on the winning side 16 times compared to Ronaldo’s 11, with Messi also having 22 goals to Ronaldo’s 21 in those matches.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 13, 2021
As the draw was made in Nyon on Monday there was a hiccup when Villarreal were initially drawn against United, but with both clubs having already met in Group F, former Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin was asked to try again.
City’s name was the next one out of the hat, setting up their first meeting with the Yellow Submarine since they recorded home and away wins against them during the group stage in 2011.
Liverpool, who won all six of their Group B fixtures, will face a Salzburg club who are the first Austrian representatives to make it to the knockout rounds of the competition.
The other fixtures will see Benfica take on Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid face Bayern Munich, Inter Milan come up against Ajax and Sporting Lisbon play Juventus.
Draw in full:
Benfica vs Real Madrid
Villarreal vs Manchester City
Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool
Inter Milan vs Ajax
Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus
Chelsea vs Lille
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United
More to follow…
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