Manchester United to face Bayern Munich in Champions League quarterfinals
Manchester United have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals stages.
The task facing David Moyes’ side will be even harder after they were also drawn to play the second leg in Munich. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea will face Paris St Germain, but will have the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund while there is an all-Spanish meeting between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
The Champions League is realistically the only trophy still available to Moyes’ men but Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have been in amazing form this season, unbeaten in the Bundesliga and having won every match at home in that competition.
Moyes can take some solace from the fact that the only two clubs who have prevented Bayern from winning at home this season were both English: Manchester City actually won 3-2 at the Allianz Arena while Arsenal achieved a 1-1 draw in the last round.
The two clubs were involved in that famous last-gasp victory for United in the 1999 Champions League final but Bayern took the honors last time they met, in the 2010 quarter-finals, when Arjen Robben’s volley at Old Trafford made it 4-4 on aggregate to send the German side through on away goals.
Chelsea’s draw against PSG will see Mourinho come up against his former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whom he managed at Inter Milan before the Swede was sold to Barcelona.
Ibrahimovic has spoken of his admiration for Mourinho, saying in his autobiography that he "was basically willing to die for" the Portuguese.
The all-Spanish tie between Barcelona and Atletico should be a cracker – both sides are locked together in the Primera Liga, with the Madrid side a point ahead in second place. The teams have already played out three draws this season and will face each other in the last league match of the campaign at the Nou Camp.
Real Madrid have the chance for revenge over Borussia Dortmund, who – thanks to four goals from Robert Lewandowski – humbled them 4-1 in the first leg of the semi-finals last season en route to a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Dortmund, however, have a number of significant injuries which should make the Spanish league leaders clear favourites to progress.
Draw for the Champions League quarterfinals is as follows:
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
Paris St Germain v Chelsea
Manchester United v Bayern Munich