Manchester United Drawn Against Real Madrid In UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage

It was the draw that none of the Premier League (or British) teams wanted. In the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United has been drawn against Real Madrid. Arsenal has been drawn against Bayern Munich, while Glasgow Celtic has been drawn against Juventus.

It’s unlikely that any of the three teams will advance to the latter stages of the tournament.

In Nyon early this morning, the three British teams could have been drawn against a choice of several other teams, but luck wasn’t on their side. Here is the draw in full:

Galatasaray vs Schalke,

Celtic vs Juventus,

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich,

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Borussia Dortmund,

AC Milan vs Barcelona,

Real Madrid vs Manchester United,

Valencia vs Paris St. Germain,

Porto vs Malaga.

Both teams will play each other home and away in February. The first legs will be played on February 12 and 20, while the second legs will kick off on March 5 and 12.

What do you think? Do you share my same pessimism about the chances of the British teams, or do you think that the trio will find a way to overcome their opposition? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

20 thoughts on “Manchester United Drawn Against Real Madrid In UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage”

    1. I don’t see Manchester United getting through with their weak defense, sorry. It’ll be an entertaining two legs to watch, though.

      The Gaffer

      1. Lets see how Vidic plays over the next two months before totaly counting us out.

        Real Madrid arnt exactly playing great themselves this season and no matter what the score from the first leg Utd are always capable of getting a result at old trafford against anyone especially on a big European night. Im sure Real Madrid won’t exactly be happy with today’s draw either.

        I’m sure Mourhino and Ronadlo will be loving all the attention they are going to get from the press in the coming weeks.

  1. hope everyone will keep Tito V in their prayers. Hope the surgery is a success,and i am the last one who would root for Barca.this is bigger than football it is life. good luck Tito fight on.

  2. Oh wow, the rags get to play someone other than the U18 Moldovan womens’ teams they drew in the group stage.

    Too bad Real is a bit down this year. But the thought of that defense and De Gea to take shots at should perk those hombres right up.

    1. Haha at least Sky Blue FC can claim they have been undefeated in Champions League group stage since the founding of such competition.

  3. looking forward to Dortmund-Shakhtar but knowing FoxSoccer they wil bury this somewhere or not even show it.

    Don’t let me start ripping on Fox Soccer’s selection of CL matches…only they would rather show Chelsea-Zilina over AC Milan-Real Madrid a few years back,haven’t forgiven them since 😀

    1. FOX Soccer 2Go will be showing all of the Champions League games live. The schedules for FOX Soccer and the rest of the FOX channels hasn’t been announced yet.

      The Gaffer

  4. Juventus
    Man Utd.

    Man Utd.

    Man Utd.

    With Vidic, Shagawa, Jones & Smalling back with an improved De Gea, Sir Alex goes out on top.

  5. Too early to predict what might happen as these games will be played after the transfer window closes. The addition of one or two players can make a big difference. Injuries and how well teams are playing then can also make a difference.

    If we assume that neither Real Madrid nor Manchester United sign any new players and that both teams are healthy, I think United have a chance against Real Madrid who came second in their group and have shown their vulnerability in the CL not only this season but for a few seasons now. If United can keep it close in Madrid then they will be favored to get a win at Old Trafford where the second leg will be played. It’s an advantage to have the 2nd leg at home. Looking forward to a cracking game.

    Arsenal – Bayern will also be interesting ad with the month break for the German team it’s left to be seen if Bayern will be as sharp then as they are now. Bayern just have too much quality over Arsenal right now. Should see some good football from both sides.

    The atmosphere in the Celtic – Juventus games will be terrific. Juve are favorites to advance and having the second leg in Turin will help them.

  6. As Man Utd, I believe we have a very good chance to advance. To be honest, we do not have the greatest team but we have a pretty good attacking crew. Our defense is a bit suspect but so is Real’s. The ball is round and we need to keep it close. This is going to be a very tough test for our defense and I hope SAF does not field a make shift defense. To be honest, I am not sure what the results would be but we should be fine since we are playing without a winter break in between.

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