Man Utd may face Champions League fixture reversal, say UEFA

The home leg of Manchester United ’ s Champions League quarter – final tie could be reversed in the event of a clash with that involving Manchester City, depending on the outcome of Friday ’ s draw , UEFA said on Thursday .
The two Manchester clubs are through to the last eight alongside two other Premier League sides , Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Unlike in previous rounds , there is no longer any country protection in the draw , meaning teams from the same domestic league can now face one another . That throws open the possibility of a Manchester derby in the quarter – finals .

However , if they do not face each other, United will have to reverse their fixture if they are drawn at home in the same week as City.

“ Following a decision made by the relevant local authorities , Manchester City and Manchester United cannot play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, ” said UEFA .

“ Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence ( home or away ) , the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season – – in this case Manchester United — will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles. ”

The semi – final draw will also take place on Friday , and UEFA added : “ The calendar for the semi – finals will be communicated to all parties on April 18 , 2019 , following the return legs of the quarter – finals . ”

Juventus, Barcelona , Porto and Ajax complete the Champions League quarter -final line – up .

( AFP)

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