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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Revenge mission

Arsenal must face up to Barcelona again as United take on old enemy Bayern Munich

MANCHESTER United will face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of this year's Champions League, a repeat of the 1999 final.

And Arsenal will take on tournament favourites and holders Barcelona in the last eight after today's draw in Nyon.

United beat Bayern in dramatic fashion at the Nou Camp 11 years ago, scoring twice in the dying minutes to complete an historic treble.

Alex Ferguson's side thrashed AC Milan in the previous round and will be confident of progressing to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the all- French clash between Lyon and Bordeaux.

United will be at home in the second leg, but Arsenal are at home first to Barcelona.

Cesc Fabregas will relish playing against his former club, with whom he is often linked with a return.

The winner of that tie will face either Inter Milan or CSKA Moscow in the semi-finals.

Barcelona, who hammered Stuttgart 5-1 on aggregate in the last round, are a much changed team to the one which beat Arsene Wenger's side four years ago.

Their manager that night, Frank Rijkaard, and two goalscorers, Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti, are no longer at the club, while Lionel Messi did not feature in the final.

United trailed 1-0 for most of their 1999 final to Mario Basler's free-kick, but late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earned them a stunning victory.

The German side won the tournament two years later, though, beating Valencia on penalties, having beaten United in the last eight.

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