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Manchester United have been handed a tough draw against Paris St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo had enjoyed a long-running rivalry with Lionel Messi. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo had enjoyed a long-running rivalry with Lionel Messi. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo had enjoyed a long-running rivalry with Lionel Messi. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

UEFA have confirmed that they have declared the draw for the last-16 of the Champions League null and void after an embarrassing gaff at the ceremony on Monday morning.

Manchester United were erroneously drawn to face Villarreal, and then left out of the potential opponents to face Atletico Madrid, forcing UEFA to redo the draw at 2pm.

A statement said: “Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

“As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”

Manchester United had been drawn to play against Paris Saint-Germain, setting up a showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but all of those plans are now on hold as UEFA correct their mistake.

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