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16/12/2010 22:07, Report by Nathan Thomas
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Europe: Six options for Reds

We take a look at the six sides the Reds could face in the Champions League's last 16 round, the draw for which takes place this Friday at 11:00 GMT...

Copenhagen The Danish champions can feel pleased with their campaign so far, with a home draw against group winners Barcelona and a double over Greek side Panathinaikos aiding their passage into the last 16. United fans who fancy Copenhagen as the softest option in the draw should be reminded of the Reds’ 1-0 group-stage defeat in Denmark in 2006/07 – albeit after a comfortable 3-0 home win in which Paul Scholes, John O’Shea and Kieran Richardson scored.

Internazionale Under new management – Rafael Benitez replacing Jose Mourinho – the European Cup holders stuttered through the group stage, finishing second to Champions League new boys Spurs. Inter did not win away - losing at White Hart Lane and against Wolfsburg, and drawing 2-2 with FC Twente. Domestically Inter are having a torrid time – they’re 16 points behind leaders and arch rivals AC Milan. The Reds won 2-0 on aggregate when the sides last met two seasons ago, with Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo netting in the second leg.

Lyon The French outfit had a group stage of two halves. Starting the competition with three straight victories, Les Gones eventually lost top spot following two away defeats to Benfica and Schalke and finally a disappointing home draw against Hapoel Tel Aviv. The French outfit have faced United a few times over the last decade, most recently in the Reds’ 2007/08 Double-winning season. A late Carlos Tevez equaliser salvaged a first-leg draw, then Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 1-0 win at OT two weeks later to send United through to the quarter-finals.

Marseille After losing their first two group games, current French champions Marseille eventually found enough form to finish second behind Chelsea. In fact, they won their final four matches including a memorable 7-0 thrashing of Slovakian club MSK

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