Manchester United well and truly won their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after the nature of their comeback win over PSG last week.
Now, with the UCL back in action to determine the fates of the other clubs who still have their second-legs left, let us have a look at which teams the English giants are likely to face in the upcoming draw for the quarter-finals.
The rule barring clubs from playing other sides from their domestic league doesn’t stand in this stage of the competition. This means that United are likely to face their English opponents as well.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have already progressed to the next round in brilliant fashion, with Spurs having ousted Borussia Dortmund, whereas City’s German opponents, Schalke, were utterly decimated over the two legs.
Another English side that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lads could face is Liverpool, with the Merseyside club defeating German juggernauts Bayern Munich on Wednesday night to proceed to the next round.
Similarly, Barcelona were also successful in getting past Lyon, and could face the Mancunian giants in what would be a repeat of the 2008-09 and the 2010-11 Champions League finals.
United could also see a flashback of their group stages, as Juventus also put themselves into the draw, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s hattrick versus Atletico Madrid pegging the Italians as favorites to win it all. Could Old Trafford see another Ronaldo spectacle?
FC Porto is the side that United may most feel like going up against, as they presently don’t command the daunting rosters that some of these other clubs do. Lastly, United could also face Ajax, who did the unthinkable by ousting Real Madrid in the round of 16.
All in all, regardless of who is pitted against the Red Devils, it appears certain that Solskjaer and company will put up a strong fight, and may even try and go all the way. Five more wins to the trophy is how they’ll be looking at it.