This season marked the first Champions League campaign in which there were five Premier League clubs competing in the group stage after United qualified following their Europa League victory over Ajax, despite finishing sixth in the Premier League.
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Swiss side FC Basel also qualified for the knockout stages of the competition after winning 2-0 at group whipping boys Benfica.
As group winners, United can draw only the runners up of the other seven groups, while Chelsea can only face group winners and as you can see from the two tables below, both teams could be drawn against some of Europe's biggest heavyweights.
Atletico Madrid, finalists in two of the past four years, crashed out of Group C despite Saul Niguez heading home the opening goal at Chelsea on 56 minutes.
Only Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk are now in qualifying positions and may still end up having to settle for Europa League football depending on how the results of tomorrow night's games pan out.
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That leaves only Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Besiktas as Chelsea's options.
Placing five teams in the Champions League knockout rounds (nearly a third of the participants) is an outstanding feat.
How does the Champions League last 16 draw work?It means the Reds could face Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Porto and Leipzig in the last 16, with four places still to be decided on Wednesday night.
The Round of 16 draw will take place on Monday 11 December at 9pm AEST at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
These restrictions are removed ahead of the quarter-finals.
Seeded group winners will be away in the first legs on 14/15 and 21/22 February at home in the second leg on 7/8 and 14-15 March.