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UEFA investigate Man United blunder and may redo Champions League last 16 draw



UEFA are assessing whether they must perform the Champions League last 16 draw all over again after a major cock-up..

Manchester United were drawn against Villarreal, which was against competition rules, given both were paired together in the group stage.

Villarreal were then drawn against Manchester City, but it appears United’s ball was not put back into the relevant pot, enabling them to be drawn against Atletico Madrid, who were the next team picked out.

Giorgio Marchetti, overseeing the draw, could be heard to say: “For Atletico Madrid, the possibilities are all except Liverpool, who were in the same group and Manchester United. Manchester United have already been drawn.”

A senior UEFA source has told Mirror Football they are looking into the episode and whether the draw must be performed again, to preserve the integrity of the competition.

After being missed out, United were eventually handed a tough draw against Paris Saint Germain.

If the initial draw does stand, then Cristiano Ronaldo can resume his long-standing rivalry with Lionel Messi when the two sides meet, with the first leg in the French capital to come in late February before the return fixture at Old Trafford.

Also, Manchester City will head to Villarreal, Liverpool have been drawn against RB Salzburg, and Chelsea will take on Lille.

The other fixtures are due to see Benfica take on Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid face Bayern Munich, Inter Milan come up against Ajax and Sporting Lisbon play Juventus.

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