Bruno Fernandes pokes fun about third Champions League last-16 draw

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has jokingly asked UEFA for a third Champions League last-16 draw.

The Reds were originally paired with Paris Saint Germain, which would have seen Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go toe-to-toe once again.

But following a technical glitch, a re-draw was summoned which saw United drawn against La Liga side Atletico Madrid, in yet another blockbuster tie.

Following the conclusion of the second draw, Bruno Fernandes posted on Twitter jokingly calling for another Champions League draw.

Instead of facing United, Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG will go head-to-head with Real Madrid, which will also be a mouth-watering clash.

However, the difference in styles between PSG and Diego Simeone’s side are stark. Although we would have had to contend with the likes of Marco Verratti, Angel di Maria, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi with PSG, Atletico Madrid will be a completely different proposition.

Like Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen said, Ralf Rangnick and United will probably be slightly happier in facing Atletico, but we will have to be at our very best against a side that is well-oiled and drilled, under the tutelage of Simeone.

The former Argentinian international is unlikely to make it a free-flowing game against United. Atletico are physical, combative and will pose a huge threat from set pieces.

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David de Gea, who has already reacted to the draw, will have to maintain his recent form against his former side.

And in Cristiano Ronaldo, United have the Champions League’s greatest goalscorer of all-time, who has a habit of crushing Atletico’s hearts.

With 25 goals and nine assists from 35 matches, Simeone will all be aware of the threat the great Portuguese poses.

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