Manchester United best and worst case scenario for Champions League knockout stage

Antoine Griezmann is set to attract further interest from Manchester United in the summer

Antoine Griezmann is set to attract further interest from Manchester United in the summer

Since the Champions League went from using a second group stage to a 16-team knockout tournament in 2003-04, no league had ever qualified five teams for the knockout rounds - until now.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all made it through to the knock-out stages, with the latter four clubs doing so as group winners.

"Well if you see the teams that you could face even being first, was hard but it's true that being first you play the second leg at home. For this reason I think it could be problematic to win (the Champions League)".

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Over the past five years, though, Premier League clubs have found it much more hard to make much headway in the competition. The Premier League right now is completely different in the depth of quality in comparison to the other top leagues in Europe. Clubs from the Bundesliga and Serie A have provided the sternest competition.

"We could face big teams as well so now it's time to focus on the Premier League, on the Carabao Cup and FA Cup that we will start in January and when the Champions League is back in February, we will see how we are".

How does the Champions League last 16 draw work? Helped in no small part by a ruthless 7-1 victory over Celtic, the Parisiens set a new record of 25 goals at the group stage, smashing the previous record of 21 set by Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

A tie against either Sevilla or Shakhtar Donetsk might not exactly be the worst either, but could prove to be a potential banana skin for the twenty-time English champions. City faced so little competition they barely even tried in the final match, their first loss of the season on Wednesday against Shakhtar in which City keeper Ederson showed exactly how much his side cared with this display of ineptitude.

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