United discover next Champions League opponents


It's been an incredibly successful couple weeks for the Premier League with four clubs qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals (Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham) and two others making the Europa League quarterfinals (Arsenal and Chelsea).

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovač insists his side can not compete with Europe's top clubs following their Champions League exit against Liverpool.

Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur in an all-Premier League clash, their first European meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus meet Ajax Amsterdam, who are back in the last eight after a 16-year absence. There are six teams in the Premier League and we can not say they are bad because all of them are in quarter-finals [Arsenal and Chelsea are in the last eight of the Europa League]. Ajax last won the Champions League in 1995, while Manchester United last won in 2008 and Juventus most recently won in 1996.

And that was maybe the main problem of Liverpool for the last decade.

Morrison does not think Manchester City will win the quadruple but if they did, he can see Guardiola looking for a project elsewhere.

Mali forward Moussa Marega, with six goals in seven Champions League games this season, can pose a threat for Porto, but Liverpool are strong in every department, and this could be the most one-sided tie in the quarterfinals.

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Expectations are high that Guardiola, who twice guided Barcelona to Europe's top prize, will lead the Premier League champions into the final four for the first time since taking charge in 2016.

McMahon is happy enough with the Porto tie, but admits if an English side had come out of the hat then he would have wanted it to be Tottenham. And they face another highly charged away leg this time, with Spurs aiming to stage their home tie at their new stadium.

"It's Porto and we've played there already and we know how good we had to be previous year", he added.

Although the stinging media criticism that followed Bayern's Champions League exit suggested otherwise, and with arguably a degree of understatement, defender Mats Hummels described the loss to Liverpool as "a little blow".

"It [leaving] will cross his mind without a shadow of a doubt because he's done what he's set out to do went there".