Manchester United could be forced to alternate their Champions League quarter final fixtures if they are drawn at home alongside Manchester City in the same week.
United moved to the quarters with a brilliant comeback win over Paris Saint Germain in Paris while their archrivals thrashed Schalke to seal a last eight birth. The draw for the quarters will take place on Friday and alongside the Manchester teams Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, Barcelona, Porto and Juventus will also take part.
There is a possibility that both the Manchester clubs could be seen pitted against each other or they could also face the other English teams.
However, UEFA has made it clear United will have to reverse their home fixture as Police and other authorities won’t be able to conduct two big matches in Manchester in the same week.
UEFA said, “Manchester City and Manchester United will not be able to play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, following a decision made by the relevant local authorities.
“Therefore, should both clubs be drawn at home in the same week, the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season – in this case Manchester United – will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.
“Any potential reversal for the semi-finals, for the same reason, would be confirmed after the quarter-finals.”