Manchester United draw Marseille in Champions League

17 December 2010 03:17
Manchester United have been drawn against Ligue 1 side Marseille in the last 16 of the Champions League. The match will see a return to Old Trafford for Gabriel Heinze. Rio Ferdinand has the chance to revisit an old haunt following the draw. With its 60,000 capacity and partisan southern French crowd, Ferdinand knows United are in for a hot night when they head out for the first leg on February 23. "It will be a hard place to go," Ferdinand said. "You are talking about passionate fans in a big stadium. I went there with England in the 1998 World Cup, so I know it will be tough." Although United have tended to get the better of recent encounters with French teams, a defeat to Lille in Paris was a major factor in their ultimate demise in the group stage of the 2005-06 competition, so 32-year-old Ferdinand is taking nothing for granted. "We have come across French teams a fair bit," he added. "They have always been tough games and never with loads of goals. I don't expect this will be much different. "But this is the knockout stage and where you earn your pennies. It is not a league situation. There is no chance to make up ground. We have to be right on the day." The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is: Roma v Shakhtar DonetskAC Milan v TottenhamValencia v SchalkeInter Milan v Bayern MunichLyon v Real MadridArsenal v Barcelona Marseille v Manchester United FC Copenhagen v Chelsea The first legs will be played on February 15/16/22/23 with the second legs on March 8/9/15/16. What is your verdict on the draw? Have your say.

Source: Manchester_EveningNews