Who Manchester United could draw in Champions League group stage

Man Utd will not be in pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw and could find themselves with Real Madrid

Who Manchester United could draw in Champions League group stage

Man Utd will not be in pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw and could find themselves with Real Madrid

31 May 2018 Thursday 14:16
Who Manchester United could draw in Champions League group stage

Manchester United could face a tricky Champions League group stage draw next season following Real Madrid's weekend triumph.

United will be drawn from pot 2, as they were last season since Premier League champions City have the privilege of being among the seeds. Uefa has also rewarded the Europa League winners with pot 1 status, so Atletico Madrid are seeded.

As usual, clubs cannot draw teams from their own nation until the quarter-final stage, so United will be kept apart from City, Liverpool and Tottenham.

They could be drawn with either of the Madrid clubs, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or Lokomotiv Moscow from pot 1.

Barca, Bayern, City, Juve, PSG, and Lokomotiv are seeded since they are champions of the top six associations based on the 2017 Uefa coefficients.

United are alongside Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Tottenham in pot 2 and will be joined by the two clubs with the highest coefficient once the qualifying round fixtures are finished.

Eighteen clubs have automatically secured Champions League football.

A worst-case scenario for United would arguably be Real Madrid, Monaco and Internazionale.

A more auspicious draw would be Atletico Madrid, Schalke, and Club Brugge and that is just from the clubs who have already qualified.

The draw for the first qualifying round, which is mainly comprised of European minnows, will take place on June 19.

The Champions League group stage draw will take place on August 30 in Monaco.

The confirmed list of clubs who have qualified for Champions League

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow

Pot 2: Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham

Pot 2 or 3: Liverpool, Roma

Pot 3: Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, CSKA Moscow

Pot 3 or 4: Valencia, Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray

Pot 4: Hoffenheim, Internazionale

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