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Wayne Rooney believes in Manchester United's Champions League dream

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Despite a dreadful season, Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United cannot be ruled out of the Champions League with the quarter-final draw taking place today. 

Currently at 18/1 and rank outsiders, United are out of the top-four race and only have this competition to play for - which could be an advantage.

"I think in cup football anything can happen," Rooney said.

"We're in the quarter-final so you never know what can happen from there."

The Premier League champions are currently seventh following a tough first domestic campaign under David Moyes, three points behind Everton in sixth - their lowest position in league history. 

Out of the current eight sides that remain in the competition United are in the lowest position domestically, with with Barcelona next in third (La Liga). 

"You look at the three Spanish teams left in the competition, they're all good teams," the 28-year-old said.

"Chelsea are probably playing the best football this season. I know they lost at Aston Villa but they're playing some good football and obviously you've got Bayern Munich.

"PSG are playing well. It's a talented group of teams so whoever we get it will be tough."

After defeating Olympiakos 3-0 on Wednesday to progress, the England striker admitted that his side had crunch talks prior to the fixture. 

He told The Mirror: "I'm not going to confirm the details of what happened but obviously we talk.

"We talk after every game, whether we win, lose or draw but we knew as a team what went wrong on Sunday.

"We didn't need anyone to tell us and we came out and delivered a big performance against Olympiakos."

The draw takes place at UEFA's Nyon headquarters at 11am UK time, with the two-legged ties to be played on 1/2 and 8/9 April.

Benfica's Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will stage the final on 24 May, and this quarter-final draw sees all eight group winners in the pot for the first time. 

Teams that remain

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea 

Manchester United

PSG 

Real Madrid

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