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Football: Milan's on the menu for Man U.

Byline: MARTIN LIPTON Chief Football Writer

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Alex Ferguson thinks his team will be paired with Italian giants AC Milan in today's draw for the Champions League knockout second round.

Milan, who won the last of their six European Cups in 2003, are one of five teams United could face in the last 16. Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen are the others.

"We've played Monaco, Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen twice...we've played against Juventus so many times," said Ferguson, who hasn't faced the Italian champions in a competitive game during 18 years at Old Trafford.

"The only team I haven't met is AC Milan. But fate will probably throw them our way, I have that feeling.''

As group runners-up, United will play the first leg at Old Trafford in late February and the second leg away in early March.

United drew 1-1 with Milan in July on a tour of America, the Italians winning 9-8 on penalties. The two clubs have been drawn together twice in European Cup semi-finals, with Milan winning both times in 1958 and 1969.

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he would love a blockbuster against Barcelona.

Their prospective opponents are Barca, Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven, Werder Bremen or Real Madrid.

Mourinho said: "For emotional reasons and because everybody says they are the best in Europe, I would like to play against Barcelona."

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