Friday, December 21, 2007

Manu ready For Last 16

United's next opponents in the Champions League will be confirmed on Friday when the last 16 draw is made in Nyon.

As Group F winners, United will be drawn against a runner-up from one of the other groups. But Sir Alex's men cannot be drawn against fellow Group F graduates AS Roma, nor will the Reds be drawn against another English team, so that rules out Liverpool and Arsenal, who were runners-up in groups A and H respectively.

Sir Alex Ferguson will also be pleased that his side cannot play against the other group winners including AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid has assessed all five of United's potential opponents, as follows:

Celtic - Gordon Strachan's men are always tough to beat at Celtic Park
Olympiakos - Steady at home, the Greek champions are now dangerous away
Lyon - The French champions are unfancied but dangerous opponents
Fenerbahce - Turkish champions managed by Zico have never beaten United
Schalke - This would be the first time the Reds have faced the German outfit

As group winners, United are away for the first leg on 19/20 Feb 2008, and at home for the second leg on 4/5 March.

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