Why Man Utd are the worst Premier League team left in Champions League – Pundit

Why Man Utd are the worst Premier League team left in Champions League – Pundit

That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who says the Red Devils have the worst defence out of England’s four quarter-finalists.

Liverpool became the fourth Premier League outfit to reach the last eight on Wednesday.

The Reds’ 3-1 win away at Bayern Munich saw them join United, Tottenham and Manchester City in the next round.

United produced a sensational comeback away at Paris St-Germain to earn their place in the quarters, but former Liverpool defender Nicol feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are the worst English team remaining.

“Defensively of the four English teams, they’ve got the worst defence”

Steve Nicol

When asked if he would prefer the Reds to draw United or Tottenham in the last eight, he told ESPN FC: “I think I would have to say United.

“Defensively of the four English teams, they’ve got the worst defence.

“So far, Solskjaer has organised them better than Mourinho did in my opinion and they’re far better going forward United.

“But I think that’s the key – defensively they’re the worst. So I would take United for that reason.”

Nicol’s big claim came after:

Manchester United are the worst Premier League team left in the Champions League - Nicol

Manchester United are the worst Premier League team left in the Champions League – Nicol (Pic: GETTY)

Liverpool became the fourth English side to reach the Champions League last eight on Wednesday

Liverpool became the fourth English side to reach the Champions League last eight on Wednesday (Pic: GETTY)

But Nicol thinks Manchester United are the worst of the Premier League's quarter-finalists

But Nicol thinks Manchester United are the worst of the Premier League’s quarter-finalists (Pic: GETTY)

As well as the four Premier League representatives, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and Porto will discover their Champions League quarter-final fate at 11am this morning.

Juve pulled off a tremendous comeback to reach the last eight, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick seeing them come from two goals down to beat Atletico Madrid in Turin.

And Nicol’s fellow pundit Craig Burley feels the Italian giants are one of five clubs that have a strong chance of winning the competition.

“Obviously Juve, with Ronaldo, coming back – it was a big night for them,” he said.

Juventus are one of five teams that could win the Champions League, says Burley

Juventus are one of five teams that could win the Champions League, says Burley (Pic: GETTY)

“Man City haven’t been over the line, probably got the best squad left in the competition when everybody’s fit.

“And then obviously Barca with the wee man who was brilliant again in this game against Lyon, but they’re not the best at the back.

“Liverpool have shown they can win without playing well. They didn’t play great against Bayern, but they got the job done.

“I think that four for me [can win it]. I would maybe throw Spurs in there, I don’t think United at all, I just don’t, but I think Spurs as an outsider on any given day. I think five teams potentially.”

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