The best Champions League draw Manchester United could face?

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Manchester United's options are certainly limited ahead of the Champions League quarter-final draw.

Manchester United are preparing for the Champions League quarter-final draw, still part of Europe's elite competition after beating Olympiakos in midweek.

This time last season United were already out, having been beaten at the hands of Real Madrid in what proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last ever Champions League game.

Real Madrid are one of the teams United can draw in the next phase, but considering the superb form of Carlo Ancelotti's team - they are certainly one David Moyes will hope to avoid.

In fact looking at the draw, there are not really any good options for United. 

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, even Atletico Madrid sound like formidable opponents for United, despite David Moyes' bravado.

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho will perhaps be one he is comfortable with - although their demolition at Stamford Bridge in January courtesy of a Samuel Eto'o hat-trick makes them another opponent they may prefer not to draw.

This leaves one remaining option - and really it's not an enticing one, but it may just be the lesser of seven potential evils: Borussia Dortmund.

Jurgen Klopp's side may have reached the Champions League Final last season, but like United, they are not as efficient as they were last season.

While they went to Zenit and won, they lost the second leg at home 2-1, their second home defeat in the tournament this season, having also been defeated by Arsenal 1-0 in the group stages.

Dortmund have defender Neven Subotic ruled out by injury for the season, while Ilkay Gundogan's return date presently appears no nearer.

Of course there are danger men, the outgoing Robert Lewandowski, and United transfer target Marco Reus, but Jurgen Klopp's side are not enjoying a vintage year and themselves are due to undergo a summer rebuild.

Currently they sit 23 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern, the title a foregone conclusion, and not unlike United - the Champions League is the focus which can bring cheer to their campaign. 

This can be dangerous for Moyes and co, but it also illustrates the inconsistent form they have put in this campaign, last month losing 3-0 away to Hamburg who were being sucked into a relegation battle prior to the fixture. The clash may also be a homecoming which inspires former Dortmund player Shinji Kagawa if he gets a chance.

There will be no easy games for United, and as Jamie Carragher said after the Olympiakos game - a draw against the Red Devils may be one other sides including Dortmund welcome.

If that is the case, the feeling may be mutual, but only because it would mean a stay of execution against the top level teams such as Bayern and Real if they are fortunate enough to get past this round.

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