MANCHESTER United have to overcome potential next boss Mauricio Pochettino and his PSG stars to keep their Champions League dream alive.
In a stunning draw, football fans will be able to feast on ANOTHER clash between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, after more than a decade of them locking horns in La Liga.
But while the rest of England’s quartet were handed dream draws for the last 16 of the competition – United were left frustrated by an almighty balls-up that left Uefa red-faced.
United, group winners, were actually the first of the Prem sides to be pulled from the hat in Nyon.
But the Old Trafford side had been inadvertently placed among the teams that could play Spanish outfit Villarreal, bossed by former Arsenal chief Unai Emery, whom they beat into second place in the first phase.
When former Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin pulled out United, embarrassed Uefa chief Giorgio Marchetti said “this is not possible” and ordered the re-draw.
Instead of United, out came Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, giving the Etihad side what looks like a comfortable draw.
And with Chelsea drawn against French champions Lille and Liverpool facing Austrian knock-out new boys Salzburg, it left United as the LAST club drawn, against Poch and his superstars including Messi.
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Chelsea, who faced a potential horror match-up after finishing second in their group, instead got the easiest option on paper as they were paired with the French champions.
Liverpool got the weakest possible runners-up in the shape of Salzburg, the first Austrian side to make the last of 16 in more than 20 years.
City, aiming to finally land the trophy they crave most, will not be unhappy at drawing Europa League winners Villarreal.
The mood at Old Trafford, though, will be very different even if fans of other clubs as well as Messi and Ronaldo will be relishing the prospect.
But it also means Poch, much in demand and a front-runner to be the long-term United chief if he leaves Paris, is expected to eliminate his next potential employers just to keep his job for the rest of this season.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich were handed a tough task against Atletico Madrid, Ajax will back themselves against Inter, Benfica take on Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon will look to pile the agony on struggling Juventus.
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