MANCHESTER UNITED will learn their Champions League opponents on Thursday as the draw for the group stage is revealed.
The Red Devils have not tasted European glory since 2008 and will be hoping they are given a favourable route to the knockout stages.
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But it could be tough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men as they have been placed in pot 2 for the group stage draw.
As a result, they could face a number of European heavyweights in the first round of the competition.
The pots for the draw are as follows:
Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Lisbon.
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund.
Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Pot 4: Club Brugge, Young Boys or Ferencvaros, AC Milan, Ludogorets or Malmo, Wolfsburg.
Pot 3 or 4: Shakhtar Donetsk or Monaco, RB Salzburg or Brondby, Benfica or PSV, Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo Zagreb or Sheriff Tiraspol.
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Some qualification matches are still yet to be played, hence why a number of teams do not know whether they will end up in pot 3 or 4.
Under UEFA rules, no teams from the same nation are allowed to be drawn against one another in the group stage.
This means Man Utd cannot draw Chelsea or Manchester City, but they could still face a huge team.
But the Red Devils will be eyeing up the possibility of drawing Sporting Lisbon, who are probably the weakest side in pot 1.
The team to avoid in pot 3 will be 2020-21 quarter-finalists Porto who dumped out Juventus and ex-Man Utd man Cristiano Ronaldo in dramatic fashion last season.
And seven-time European champions AC Milan are the bogey side everyone will want to side-step in pot 4.
Alternatively, United could be on the end of a much kinder draw and find themselves up against Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv and Swedish champions Malmo.
One team Solskjaer’s men have managed to dodge is Paris Saint-Germain as they have been put in pot 2.
This means both Man Utd and Liverpool will avoid Lionel Messi’s new club in the group stages, but Chelsea and Man City could be drawn against them.
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