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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely pleased to have avoided Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League draw

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While Barcelona and Lionel Messi represent a daunting prospect for Manchester United – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may just be relieved to avoid Cristiano Ronaldo.

“There have been a couple of comments about ‘You used to have number 20’ and blah blah blah,” he said.

Every team through to the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals Every team through to the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals Here's the final eight teams left in the competition Here's the final eight teams left in the competition Thoughts of reaching the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano felt a long way off after Barca were confirmed as United’s quarter-final opponents.



And if Solskjaer was looking on the bright side of the Champions League draw, he could point to the fact United will avoid Ronaldo and Juve until the final, should he get there.

Discussing the most open quarter-final draw in recent memory, the Norwegian’s thoughts quickly turned to his former team-mate.

“Of course with Cristiano still in it I don’t think it’s opened up that much!” Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick in Juventus’ comeback win against Atletico Madrid in midweek sounded a warning to the rest of Europe.

After overcoming Chelsea and Arsenal away already, Solskjaer does see parallels to 99 when United had a similarly daunting run on the way to winning the Cup.
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