Manchester United placed in Pot 2 of the Champions League Group Stage Draw
According to the Mirror, Manchester United will be placed in pot 2 of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw.
The Red Devils have returned to the top table of European football after a third-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Arch-rivals Liverpool are the only English team in pot 1, courtesy of them winning the Premier League. Manchester City and Chelsea too take their places alongside us in the second pot.
Despite our position n the second tier, United could face a number of tough opponents if the draw goes against us. Pot 1 also consists of the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Sevilla, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, and FC Porto. (h/t Mirror)
Ideally, Porto would make for a comparatively easier matchup. The lower pots are also not without their own dangers.
RB Leipzig and Inter Milan are in pot 3. They could be joined by SPL champions Celtic provided they qualify. Italian mavericks Atalanta are in pot 4 and also present a daunting challenge. (h/t Mirror)
With a number of teams in the last two pots yet to be confirmed, United will have to wait to consider all of their potential outcomes of the draw.
All the pots except the first are ranked based on UEFA’s five-year coefficient of performance in European competition (h/t ESPN). The draw will take place on Thursday, October 1, with the first group-stage games on Tuesday, October 20.
The other clubs in pot 2 are Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Benfica (if they qualify), Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax Amsterdam. (h/t Mirror)
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United have won the competition three times in their history. Our last win came in 2008 when we bested Chelsea on penalties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is well aware of what it takes to win the competition. The United boss famously scored the winner in the dying seconds of the final in 1999. Hopefully, his players can take inspiration from the same next season.
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