Previewing United's upcoming bout with Olympiacos in the Round of 16 in Europe, Souness - a three-time Champions League winner with Liverpool in the late 1970s and early 1980s - opines that the premier club competition is the only tournament United can finish on a high with, but are unlikely to progress further than the quarter-final as there are a plethora of greater teams ready to knock them out, from Paris Saint-German to Chelsea.
'The Champions League is their last opportunity to take something from their season. It has been a very, very traumatic period for Manchester United,' Souness said. 'You are talking about a group of players that are used to winning trophies and who are used to being feted as the best - and yet they are already being written off for almost everything.
'It's been a very difficult year for them and I think the only chance of them getting back into the Champions League next year is to win this season's competition. I don't see that happening, but this tournament is their chance for them to take something away from what has been a traumatic season for them.
It's a difficult ask for them to go beyond the quarter-finals. The four teams that won last week were the teams that won their groups and there will be a big jump when you get into the last eight.'
Listing the teams he envisages to be too tough an examination for United to pass, Souness said: 'Beyond this, I think Paris Saint-Germain would be too much for them, as would Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at this moment in time.'
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