Man Utd and PSG ‘in direct contact’ with UEFA over bizarre Champions League draw gaffe

Champions League round of 16 draw in full

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Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain opened talks with UEFA after the Red Devils were involved in an embarrassing blunder during Monday’s Champions League round of 16 draw, according to reports. Ralf Rangnlck’s side were initially selected to face Villarreal but the tie was promptly scrapped and drawn again due to both teams being in the same group.

It was also pointed out that United appeared to be left out of the pot for the draw with Atletico Madrid, who were eventually paired with Bayern Munich.

The Red Devils were later handed a tricky draw against PSG in the final match-up of the morning in a tie that will see Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head with Lionel Messi once again.

UEFA went on to announce that all fixtures would be redrawn later in the day as a result of their mistake.

United and PSG quickly entered talks with UEFA to clarify the situation before the decision to scrap the original draw was made, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The two clubs faced off in the Champions League group stages last season, with United taking all three points at the Parc des Princes before the French giants emerged victorious at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture.

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They were also drawn against each other in the first knockout stage of the competition back in 2019.

United went on to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals, with Marcus Rashford striking the decisive blow from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time in their second-leg clash.

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole suggested after Monday’s draw that United would not have been looking forward to another high-stakes meeting with PSG.

“It’s a dreadful one for Manchester United,” the ex-England playmaker told BT Sport.

“Obviously you throw in Messi and Ronaldo and it’s the tie of the round. That is a juicy tie.”


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