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Manchester United could face Champions League fixture change

The business end of the football season Spurs to discover Champions League quarter-final opponents
Shannon Reynolds | 15 March, 2019, 07:02

The 2018-19 Europa League has been reduced to just eight teams after the last-16 stage of the tournament concluded on Thursday.

Only five countries are represented in an eight-team list that will be presented in Nyon on Friday.

"There are worse teams that have done well and got to finals".

There is also the possibility that derby rivals United and City could face each other in the quarter-finals or take on fellow Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

Both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal both failed to reach this stage, while Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a whopping 12 quarter-final ties; taking United through to the semi-finals on seven occasions.

But this season sees former English glory restored, with four sides through to the quarterfinals.

This season's Fab Four of Man United, Man City Spurs and Liverpool join Barcelona, Ajax, Porto and Juventus in the quarterfinals - and English football fans on social media were raving.

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The depth in Pep Guardiola's squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup. It has 14 of the 30 richest clubs in the world.

A strong City line-up included Aguero, Sterling, and both Silvas as they showed no intentions of keeping one eye on the Premier League title race.

"I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference", the former Chelsea and United coach told Russian programmeRT.

Below we take a look at how each of the aforementioned quadruple have fared at the quarter-final stage in the Champions League era (1992/93 onwards).

What's more, the report states that Barcelona players want to avoid Manchester City and Juventus. Barcelona equally impress in terms of quality with Lionel Messi and co out to upset anyone that will stand in their way after the Friday draw.

Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition.

However, rather than flipping a fixture, UEFA moved City's game at home to Porto to the Wednesday while United faced Ajax the following night.

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