Uefa Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Barcelona in quarter-finals

Five-times European champions Liverpool will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last-16 tie. — AFP  File

Five-times European champions Liverpool will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last-16 tie. — AFP File

A new generation of Manchester United players will have to get through Barcelona to win the Champions League.

In the semifinal pairings, Tottenham or Man City will play either Ajax or Juventus, and Man United or Barcelona will face either Liverpool or Porto, keeping open the possibility of a final between Messi and Ronaldo.

If the Reds progress to the last four, we will take on the winners of the quarter-final tie between Liverpool and FC Porto.

United were drawn on Saturday to face Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals, hosting the first leg on April 10. United lost 0-2 at home to PSG and, with so many senior players unavailable for the return leg in France, Solskjaer and his team produced a stunning comeback to knockout Mbappe and company.

Their 3-1 home defeat on Wednesday meant that Bayern failed to make the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011. He won the treble in 1998 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to secure a last gasp victory over Bayern Munich.

Sergio Conceicao's team overcame Roma in the last round, and they have the experience of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Pepe and Hector Herrera in their squad, but it is hard to suggest that Liverpool are anything other than overwhelming favourites to book a semifinal meeting against either Manchester United or Barcelona. "It's not by accident that three German clubs are eliminated by three English clubs".

Mane is now producing his best form of the season, with six goals being scored from his last four appearances in all competitions.

Manchester City won both of their Premier League ties with Tottenham last season and also beat Mauricio Pochettino's side at Wembley earlier in this campaign.

Real Madrid won the Champions League last season. "Then we must calculate on other teams running away from us".

With Pep Guardiola's team top of the Premier League, 13 points ahead of Spurs in third, City will be the favourites to advance to their first semi-final since 2016.

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