Rafael: Man United can ‘take anyone’ in Champions League

Rafael Da Silva is convinced that Manchester United are capable of beating any team in the Champions League

David Moyes
David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Rafael Da Silva is convinced that Manchester United are capable of beating any team in the Champions League this season.

David Moyes’ men put their domestic struggles behind them on Tuesday as they sealed a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and booked their place in the last-16 draw as Group A winners.

The Red Devils will face either Galatasaray, Olympiakos, Schalke, Zenit Saint Petersburg or AC Milan in the first knockout round.

And United defender Rafael is backing Moyes’ side to be a match for any opposition in Europe in the new year.

“I can remember last season when we also won the group and yet we played Real Madrid,” Rafael said.

“I hope something like that doesn’t happen again but we can take anyone.

“I’ve seen Manchester City won 3-2 against Bayern Munich, which is a surprise, but City finished second so we can’t play Bayern yet. I think that is a good thing.”

The Champions League last 16 draw takes place on Monday.

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