Why Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final dates could be reversed

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a risky outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

They have also played twice in European knockout stages and, while Porto eliminated the Blaugrana in 1972/73, the 1985/86 tie had the opposite result.

Second and unbeaten in Bayern Munich's group, the Dutch side produced a spectacular 4-1 win at the Bernabeu to knock out holders Real Madrid in the Round of 16.

Manchester United overcame Paris Saint-Germain, pulling off a shock 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes last week.

The two teams have faced each other 11 times in the past, with Barcelona winning four times, United three times and four games ending up in a draw. The Premier League leaders thrashed Schalke 10-2 on aggregate with Pep Guardiola's side one of the favourites to raise silverware in Madrid.


"The calendar for the semi-finals (including a potential reversal involving Manchester United FC, for the same reasons, if both clubs from Manchester are still remaining in the competition) will be communicated to all parties on 18 April 2019, following the return legs of the quarter-finals".

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Manchester United could see a Premier League standing below Manchester City force them into reversing the order of their fixtures in the Champions League quarter-finals.

In this season's quarter-finals they eliminated Bayern Munich, winning 3-1 away in Germany after a first leg 0-0 draw. "But it has been a top league and there haven't been that many teams [in the latter stages] of this one".

Former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino would relish the opportunity to face his former club's fierce opponents and to try to eliminate them from the tournament.

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