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Man Utd and PSG to clash again in Champions League last 16

By AFP
13 December 2021   |   1:18 pm
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain will meet in the Champions League for the third time in four seasons after being paired together in Monday's draw for the last 16.

In this handout picture released by the UEFA, UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti holds the name of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) during the Champions League round of 16 draw at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, on December 13, 2021. – The first legs are scheduled for 15/16/22/23 February, with the second legs on 8/9/15/16 March. (Photo by Richard JUILLIART / various sources / AFP) /

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain will meet in the Champions League for the third time in four seasons after being paired together in Monday’s draw for the last 16.

PSG will be at home in the first leg in February in a tie that will see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come up against each other.

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich were drawn together in the other standout tie, while holders Chelsea will face French champions Lille.

Messi moved to Paris in August just before his old rival Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for a second spell.

United famously beat PSG in the last 16 in 2018/19 at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as manager, recovering from a 2-0 loss at home in the first leg to win the return 3-1 and advance on away goals.

The clubs also met in the group stage last season, with the away side winning on each occasion.

Despite the signing of Messi, Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG finished second in their group this season behind Manchester City, while United topped Group F ahead of Villarreal.

Pep Guardiola’s City will play Villarreal, who beat United on penalties in last season’s Europa League final and qualified for the last 16 ahead of Atalanta.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will play Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, who are through to the knockout phase for the first time.

Record 13-time European champions Real Madrid were drawn against two-time former European Cup winners Benfica, with the first leg in Lisbon.

Inter Milan play Ajax and Portuguese champions Sporting will take on Juventus.