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Manchester United have drawn Marseille in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The French side will prove tough opponents away from home in the first leg, lying 5th in Ligue 1. However, The Red Devils have the all-important second leg at Old Trafford. Sir Alex has said he is content with the draw…

United were third last out of the bowl in Geneva, Switzerland where high-ranking UEFA officials  presented the draw on front of club officials and media. Marseille were pulled-out of the hat, with United following. The Red Devils will travel to Stade Velodrome in February, with the all-important second leg held at Old Trafford in March.

‘The Road To Wembley’ continues in the New Year, as the first leg will be played on Wednesday, 23th of February, with the second leg on Tuesday, 15th of March.

The last time United faced French side Marseille was back in 1999, when both sides met twice in the Group Stages. Goals from Andy Cole and Paul Scholes saw The Reds winning 2-1 at The Theatre Of Dreams, while Marseille ran-out 1-0 winners over in France thanks to a goal from William Gallas.

Didier Deschamps’ side finished second in Group F, behind Chelsea. The Blues beat Marseille at Stamford Bridge 2-0, but lost 1-0 away from home. Marseille won the Champions League in 1992/1993, beating AC Milan, while they finished runners-up to Red Star Belgrade in 1990/1991.

Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to MUTV on Friday afternoon… “Marseille are a handful at their own ground, their fantastic atmosphere and incredible support guarantees that. They’ve had a good change in fortunes in the last two or three years, after a dry spell, and think it’ll be a difficult tie. Didier Deschamps (former Chelsea midfielder) is the coach there, and they’ve got one of our old players in Gabriel Heinze so it’ll be nice to see him.” he said. 

“Quite a lot of people predicted Arsenal against Barcelona and that’s the most interesting tie. Chelsea go to Copenhagen and should get through that one. It’ll be interesting to see Milan and Spurs and also Inter and Bayern Munich – a repeat of last season’s final. So there are some nice ties there and hopefully we can navigate ours.”


Round Of 16 Games

AC Milan v Tottenham Hostpur
Inter Milan v Bayern Munich
Lyon v Real Madrid
Barcelona v Arsenal
Valencia v Schalke
Roma v Shakhtar
Copenhagen v Chelsea
Marseille v Manchester United

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Fri, 17 Dec 2010 1:54:48 pm

I see the chance of manutd winning champions legue. Yes



Fri, 17 Dec 2010 2:01:46 pm

Theres only two problems man utd have Real madrid and Barcelona. Go United!


Fri, 17 Dec 2010 3:22:34 pm

I actually think Arsenal will respond by beating Barcelona. Barca won’t be ready for it. Lyon to knock-out Real Madrid ? – I’d doubt it, but it’s happened before.

Madrid aren’t that good anyway. Chelsea are awful, Arsenal are worse, Spurs are inconsistent. Can clearly see United winning this.



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Fri, 17 Dec 2010 4:15:31 pm

Come on united!


Devil’s sundaram

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 1:39:11 pm

It’s the RED DEVILs they have to fear if all the players back. It will be all cylinder firing but with only two three cylinders firing they wining games how if all go full blast. United are careful on game to game playing tactics that’s why their playing isn’t too attractive to see. But What’s the point wining is where teams get praises and points, am I right Devils. Glory glory glory Man united we on marching forward..



Sat, 18 Dec 2010 7:39:43 pm

It will be easy


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