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The Champions League group stage draw takes place on Thursday, so who could Manchester United play this season?
The Reds will be among the seeds at the draw thanks to their runners-up finish in the Premier League last season and 26 teams guaranteed their place in this campaign’s competition thanks to their respective domestic league placings.
Villarreal, who beat United to win the Europa League, are also guaranteed a place because they won that trophy in Gdansk.
Alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, United are in Pot 2 and that means they won’t play any of those teams in the group stage – they’ll be drawn against teams in top seed Pot 1 instead.
How far do you expect United to get in the Champions League? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. In Pot 1 there is Chelsea, Villarreal, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille and Sporting Libson.
United will be drawn against one of those sides, however, UEFA rules outline they won’t play either Chelsea or rivals City.
That’s because sides from the same country can’t be drawn against each other at this stage. Then United will be drawn against teams from Pot 3 and Pot 4:
Pot 3 : Ajax, Leipzig, Atalanta, FC Porto, Zenit, Benfica, Shakhtar Donestk, Salzburg
Pot 4: AC Milan, Wolfsburg, Club Brugge, Young Boys, Malmo, Sheriff, Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev
The first games of the Champions League group stage will be played on 14 and 15 September.
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