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Manchester United can win the Champions League this season according to former midfielder Paul Ince.
The Red Devils have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 draw - after the error-heavy first ceremony was voided following complaints from clubs.
The first draw had seen United paired with Paris Saint-Germain, though they had initially been drawn against Villarreal due to a "technical problem" as per UEFA.
United had played the Spanish outfit in the group stages, beating them home and away and topping the group after losing their first game.
The club recently parted company with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a slew of disappointing league results, bringing in Ralf Rangnick as interim boss.
But two-time Premier League winner Ince reckons United could go all the way due to the nature of knockout football.
"They can win the Champions League, people will think I'm mad, but they can," Ince told The Mirror.
"United can beat anybody on their day. Anybody, no matter who they are.
"In knockout football, if you are on your game and on form and with the world class players they've got, there's no reason they can't get to a Champions League final or win it."
Rangnick has two wins and a draw from his first three games in charge following on from Michael Carrick's undefeated spell as caretaker boss.
At the time of writing United are just one point behind fourth-placed West Ham and Ince reckons qualification for the Champions League and a cup win would be a successful season.
He added: "It's pretty tight but you could see United going on a run with the fixtures that are coming up. I'm not saying they're going to win the title but they should finish fourth. If there are a few slip-ups from Chelsea, Man City or Liverpool, they might steak into third who knows.
"Their remit has to be finishing fourth, a Champions League place and hopefully win a cup whether it's the FA Cup or the Champions League."
After a 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, United are scheduled to face Brentford away from home on Tuesday night but the game is in serious doubt due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
According to The Athletic, the club have closed down the training ground and are in discussions with the Premier League over the fixture.
Manchester United have closed down Carrington due to Covid outbreak + are in discussions with Premier League about tomorrow’s game at Brentford.— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) December 13, 2021
“Team travel to London will be deferred pending the result of that discussion.”
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