UCL draw: Manchester United faces tough PSG tie; Liverpool plays Bayern
Life for Jose Mourinho in charge of Manchester United shows no signs of getting easier as the Premier League side drew a star-studded PSG team in the Champions League last 16.
United crashed out of the competition at the hands of Sevilla at this stage last season and few will be backing Mourinho’s men this time around, with the club languishing in sixth place in the league after Sunday’s insipid defeat to Liverpool.
The French club, desperate to win a first Champions League title, topped Group C ahead of Liverpool and Napoli and remain unbeaten at home this season.
Fellow Group C qualifier Liverpool face a mouthwatering tie against German side Bayern Munich, which continues to struggle this season under new coach Niko Kovac.
The defending Bundesliga champion sits in third place, nine points behind early leader Borussia Dortmund — although Bayern has enjoyed considerably more success in the Champions League.
Bayern topped Group E ahead of Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens and is unbeaten in the competition so far this season.
Spain’s two biggest clubs will have been left breathing a sigh of relief, drawing two of the weaker sides left in the Champions League.
Real Madrid suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu — its worst home defeat in European history — but still won Group G ahead of last season’s semifinalist Roma.
La Liga rival Barcelona faces an entertaining Lyon side which has already caused one upset in the Champions League this season, beating Group F opponent Manchester City at the Etihad and qualifying for the last 16 undefeated.
Atletico Madrid, however, faces the daunting prospect of a round-of-16 tie against Juventus – and another meeting with Cristano Ronaldo.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico side may have thought they had seen the last of the Portuguese star when he joined the Italian giant from Real last summer.
But Ronaldo, who bagged 22 goals in 31 games in the Madrid derby, will return to the Spanish capital to try to haunt Antoine Griezmann and Co. once again.
Draw in full
Schalke vs. Manchester City
Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus
Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Borussia Dortmund
Lyon vs. Barcelona
Roma vs. Porto
Ajax vs. Real Madrid
Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich
Europa League draw
Viktoria Plzeň vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Club Brugge vs. Red Bull Salzburg
Rapid Wien vs. Inter Milan
Slavia Prague vs. Genk
FC Krasnodar vs. Bayer Leverkusen
FC Zurich vs. Napoli
Malmo vs. Chelsea
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic vs. Valencia
Stade Rennais vs. Real Betis
Olympiacos vs. Dynamo Kiev
Lazio vs. Sevilla
Fenerbahce vs. Zenit Saint Petersburg
Sporting vs. Villarreal
BATE Borisov vs. Arsenal
Galatasaray vs. Benfica