Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan posts classy message after Liverpool Champions League win


Liverpool booked their berth in the quarter finals with a 3-1 away win in Munich last night thanks to a Sadio Mane brace and a Virgil van Dijk header.

That saw them become the fourth Premier League team into Friday’s draw for the last eight – joining United, Manchester City and Tottenham.

United secured a huge away win of their own on the continent last week, overturning a 2-0 first leg deficit to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain with a 3-1 triumph in the French capital courtesy of a last-gasp Marcus Rashford penalty.

It is the first time four English teams will be in the quarter-final draw since 2008-09, when United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea were all in the pot.

Phelan was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant that year as United made it to the final, only to be beaten by Barcelona in Rome, and United fans will be hoping they can go one better this year.

Of the nation’s four representatives this year, three are from the north west in the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool.

And Phelan – who has been hailed for his role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success since returning to Old Trafford in December – paid tribute with a social media post.

He wrote on his official Twitter account: “Well … European football is alive and well up and down the M62 #NorthernPowerhouse.”

But United fans were quick to remind Phelan of his loyalties.

One wrote: “Mike you’re a legend and your Twitter is class but… couldn’t care less about any northern team but United.”

Another said: “United is the only northern team that matters Mike.”

“No Mikey. We hate pool,” one more said.

United and Liverpool could go head-to-head in the Champions League for the first time ever, having only ever met previously in the Europa League.

The Merseyside outfit met Man City at the same stage last year, winning 5-1 on aggregate against Pep Guardiola’s men on their run to the final – where they lost to Real Madrid.

But the reigning European champions will not even be in the quarter finals this year, with Ajax having knocked them out.

Porto, Barcelona and Juventus make up the other three teams who await the English sides.

Speaking after United’s phenomenal comeback at PSG last week, caretaker United boss Solskjaer suggested that the Red Devils are capable of going all the way in their chase of a fourth triumph in this competition.

He said: “Of course we fancy ourselves. We can go all the way but we just have to wait for the draw and then take the game as it comes.”

But Klopp felt after Liverpool’s triumph in Bavaria that five-time champions Liverpool have now established themselves as a European powerhouse once again.

He told reporters: “It’s massive, a big step for us – a big, big, big one for us. We will see what we can do with it.

“But it is still fantastic sign that we again set a mark for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape on international, top-class football. 

“We all think that’s where this club belongs and tonight we proved it a little bit.”

The Premier League quartet will find out their opponents in the next stage tomorrow, at 11am.

The clubs will also find out the teams they stand to face in the semis as they all look to book a trip to Madrid for the final on June 1.

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