Man United’s Champions League confusion continues as Real Madrid fume at PSG draw


United were part of a Champions League gaffe on Monday that meant UEFA had to carry out the draw for the last-16 twice, with the Red Devils first drawn against PSG before landing Atletico

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Champions League round of 16 draw in full

Given a current Covid-19 outbreak in the Manchester United squad has cast doubt over their clash with Brentford in the Premier League on Tuesday, the last thing the club needed on Monday was more uncertainty.

A gaffe at the UEFA Champions League draw meant that a second running of the process was required. It meant that after initially being pitted against Paris Saint-Germain, United will now face Atletico Madrid in the last-16 instead.

For interim boss Ralf Rangnick, that will be a tricky tie to negotiate, as will the upcoming festive period’s congested calendar and the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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United draw blunder

United were in the centre of Champions League controversy on Monday through no fault of their own.

They were drawn against Villarreal to begin with, although that was not possible as the Red Devils played the Yellow Submarine in the group stages. It was then Manchester City who were put up against the La Liga team.

Then when Atletico were drawn as the next team, United were not included in the pool of teams who could potentially play them.

As a result, the draw was eventually deemed invalid and it was rescheduled for later in the day.

Read the story in full HERE.

Real Madrid unhappy with Champions League gaffe

The team who eventually ended up drawn against Paris Saint-Germain second time round was Real Madrid and the 13-time European champions are said to be unhappy about the outcome.

PSG finished second to Manchester City in their group, meaning they were the team to avoid for the group winners in the draw.

It means Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be tasked with taming the stellar strikeforce of transfer target Kylian Mbappe, along with former Barcelona legends Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Los Blancos had initially drawn Benfica in the last-16 and while they are a talented outfit, they are unable to replicate the kind of threat the Parisians pose in attack.

Read the story in full HERE.

Cavani set for January exit?

According to reports in Spain, Edinson Cavani may be one of a number of players heading out of the Old Trafford exit door in January.

Anthony Martial – via his agent – and Andreas Pereira have already expressed their intention to leave United and Cavani is said to be attracting interest from Barcelona, who are seeking reinforcements in attack.

The reports suggest that even though Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League, Cavani would still be interested in a move to the Camp Nou.

The Uruguay international has yet to play for Rangnick, as he continues his recovery from an irritated achilles tendon. His last outing came in the 2-2 draw against Atalanta in the Champions League at the start of November.

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