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Reds discover Champions League opponents

Monday 13 December 2021 17:41

Manchester United can look forward to a Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid in 2022 after the round-of-16 redraw in Switzerland.

The Reds were initially paired with Paris Saint-Germain, after coming out earlier, erroneously, with Villarreal. The Spanish side were also in Group F and finished runners-up behind Ralf Rangnick's men, meaning we could not play each other at this stage.

Although the draw was concluded, UEFA later announced that the technical mistakes had an impact on the outcome so the ceremony would need to take place again at 14:00 GMT.

So, at the second time of asking, we were drawn with Spanish champions Atletico.

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The two sides have only met twice in competitive European football before, in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup, when the home side won 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon. The second leg was a 1-1 draw, with Mark Hughes scoring for the Reds.

As a seeded team, United will be at home in the second leg on 15 March with kick-off at 20:00 GMT. The first leg will be played on 23 February, with the same start time.

With the road to May's final at Zenit St Petersburg's Gazprom Arena continuing, it is worth remembering the away-goals rule has been scrapped. Extra-time and penalties will be used if teams are level after the two games.


Salzburg v Bayern Munich
Sporting v Manchester City
Benfica v Ajax
Chelsea v Lille
Atletico Madrid v UNITED
Villarreal v Juventus
Internazionale v Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid

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