Reds discover Euro 2024 group opponents
The group-stage draw for the Euro 2024 finals in Germany was conducted on Saturday, during a star-studded event at the Elbphilharmonie building in Hamburg.
The 24-team tournament is being held between 14 June and 14 July next summer and there will have been plenty of interest in the ceremony from the current Reds squad, as they prepare for Saturday night's game against Newcastle United.
Twenty-one sides have qualified automatically so far, with the remaining three places to be decided in March, when 12 countries take part in the Nations League play-offs.
Football legends, including the likes of Gianluigi Buffon (pictured above), David Silva and Wesley Sneijder, were present to pluck the balls from their bowls in the northern German city and our competing players can look forward to several intriguing ties.
The most mouthwatering contest from a United perspective comes in Group C, as England have been drawn in the same group as Denmark.
Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw will all hope to be involved when the Three Lions come up against the Danes, in a repeat of the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley.
Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund will be on the other side of that group meeting, in Frankfurt on 20 June, and Slovenia and Serbia complete the pool.
That England-Denmark fixture isn’t the only group game which involves our players competing against one another.
Portugal, featuring Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes, qualified with 10 wins out of 10 and so were one of the seeded sides.
They head up a Group F also featuring Altay Bayindir’s Turkey, plus Czech Republic and the winner of play-off path C – either Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan or Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, Scott McTominay could play in the tournament’s opening game, as Scotland have been drawn to play the hosts in Group A.
Steve Clarke’s men will come up against the three-time winners for the curtain-raiser at the Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena on 14 June. Scotland have never qualified from the group stage of a major tournament but will fancy their chances with Hungary and Switzerland the other teams they’ll face.
Tyrell Malacia, who is set to return in the new year, will hope to be back and involved as the Netherlands take on France, Austria and the winner of play-off path A, in Group D.
Scroll down to see the full draw, including the teams competing for the play-offs…
Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England
Group D: Netherlands, Austria, France, Play-off winner A
Group E: Belgium, Slovakia , Romania, Play-off winner B
Group F: Turkey, Play-off winner C, Portugal, Czech Republic
EURO 2024 QUALIFYING PLAY-OFFS
Path A: Wales v Finland, Poland v Estonia
Path B: Israel v Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Ukraine.
Path C: Georgia v Luxembourg, Greece v Kazakhstan.
The winners of each tie progress to the final, with one team qualifying for the tournament from each path.