Michael Owen makes Champions League prediction after Manchester United and Man City learn of fate


Michael Owen believes all four England teams – including Manchester United and Manchester City – could advance to the Champions League quarter-finals.

United and City, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, were all in the hat as the round of 16 draw took place in Nyon on Monday – although it did not go without incident.

Following a confusion which saw United shoot against Villarreal, who they had previously played in the group stage, before being wrongly excluded from Atletico Madrid, the initial draw was declared null and void.

After blaming the problem on “a technical problem with the software of an external service provider”, UEFA then proceeded to a second draw, which saw three of England’s sides face new opponents.

After avoiding them in the first draw, United were eventually paired with Atletico, while City were drawn with Sporting Lisbon after losing their tie with Villarreal.

Elsewhere, Liverpool faced Inter Milan, while Chelsea were handed the same opponents as in the opening draw against Lille.

Being drawn with Atletico, United arguably were awarded an easier tie, having been paired with PSG in the initial draw.

And Owen believes each team could advance to the quarter-finals, which could make them a full English squad until the last eight.

“Simeone is one of the best managers in the world, he has done an amazing job over the years,” Owen told BT Sport.

“I think it’s a tough game for Manchester United but, against the backdrop of playing for PSG just a few hours ago, they will take it. It’s slightly easier than PSG.

“Man City are a little easier again. Only Liverpool have a harder one. Chelsea, of course, had the same.

“Manchester United’s draw is probably about even in terms of difficulty. It’s a game that could absolutely go both ways. Atletico are not in peak form at the moment. , nor Manchester United.

“The next few months will be really important [to see] which way does this tie go? Let’s look at the form leading up to this game. At the moment, I don’t see much between the two parties. “

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