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Owen Hargreaves makes Man United Champions League prediction after draw

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Owen Hargreaves has backed Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League knock-out phase despite being handed a tough group.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were drawn against last season’s losing finalists Paris-Saint Germain alongside RB Leipzig who were defeated by the French champions in the semi-final.

Instabul Basaksehir make up Group H, with United handed six tricky fixtures in what is the toughest group of the lot.

After an indifferent start to their Premier League campaign, with an opening day defeat to Crystal Palace followed up by a last-gasp 3-2 win at Brighton, some supporters are fearing the worst after the draw.

However, Hargreaves has backed United to make it into the last 16 but admitted they aren’t showing their best form at the moment.

“I think they (United) can be confident, quietly confident,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “PSG are the strongest team in the group, but Man United are the second strongest team in the group. Leipzig have a brilliant young manager and he’ll relish playing against Manchester United.

“But, look, they’re not firing on all cylinders right now and hopefully they can get a couple of players in.

“It’s not ideal, the group that they’ve got, but hopefully they can go into it, get a couple of players, and finish if not first, finish second.”

Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle said: “I think United have got the toughest one, for sure, they look like some tasty games there.

“They’ve been trying (to be players in), no doubt about it. Ole’s going to hope they can get over the line with a couple of signings.

“It’s difficult, when you’re going for your top option in Sancho, and you can’t get that deal done, then the other options suddenly, you have to move very quickly. I still think they’re capable of getting through this group – I really do.

“We haven’t seen the best of United yet, at the back end of last season, they were playing exceedingly well. I thought they had the balance in midfield working well, they’ve got to get back to that and they’re capable of doing that.

“Normally, there’s always pressure on Manchester United, of course, but this year, I think it is a little bit like Chelsea in a way – a working progress. They cannot expect too much, if they qualify out of this group, we’ll see where they do.

“Whether they can win it, I don’t think they can, but yes, the pressure will be off them a bit.”

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