The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday (13/12), became a controversy because of Manchester United.
The controversy arose after the name Man United was chosen as Villarreal’s opponent at the start of the Champions League knockout round.
In the drawing, UEFA Deputy Secretary General Giorgio Marchetti announced the names of the teams dueling in the last 16, while former Arsenal player Andriy Arshavin and UEFA Club Competition Head Michael Haselschwerdt picked up the ball in the pot.
Quoted from the Manchester Evening News, when Villarreal was looking for an opponent, the ball that Haselschwerdt took brought up the name Man United. Villarreal and Man Utd are teams that have dueled in the group phase.
This condition became the first mistake in the draw for the Champions League round of 16. After the error, the Man United ball was not put back in the pot. Arshavin who chose a new opponent for Villarreal showed Manchester City.
“Sorry for the technical problems that occurred in our draw. Respectfully ask for the name of Man City to be placed next to Villarreal,” said Marchetti.
After Villarreal, it was Atletico Madrid’s turn to be looking for an opponent in the round of 16. However, due to an error in the previous draw, the Red Devils ball is considered to have been taken.
“For Atletico Madrid, the chances are all [teams] except Liverpool are in the same group, and Manchester United because they have been drawn,” Marchetti said.
The name Man United only came out during the draw for PSG, who got in the last round of the Champions League last 16 drawing.
Manchester United’s players had Sunday off after Saturday evening’s 1-0 win over Norwich.
United secured another three points and yet another clean sheet in the league despite an unconvincing display.
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Rangnick confirmed that ‘everything seemed ok’ with Victor Lindelof after he left the pitch in some discomfort.
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They claim his proven track record with nurturing young talent as well as his ability to make shrewd signings have seen him jump the queue to take the job at the end of the season.
Monday’s Champions League draw has been overshadowed by controversy after Manchester United appeared to be mistakenly excluded for a brief period.
Former Arsenal player Andriy Arshavin and UEFA head of club competitions Michael Heselschwerdt was tasked with picking the balls, and in a rare mistake saw United drawn against Villarreal, with whom they had already faced in the group stage.
As such, the tie was invalid and Arshavin was told to pick a fresh opponent for Villarreal, which happened to be Manchester City.
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United have suffered a Covid-19 outbreak following their 1-0 Premier League win at Norwich.
Club sources have confirmed a small number of players and staff tested positive and were sent home before training on Sunday.
The whole group who travelled to Norwich had initially tested negative but, subsequently, a small number of lateral flow tests among players and staff returned positive results.
Those fit enough to train today trained outside at United’s Carrington training complex. The Premier League has been notified of United’s positive cases.