United players await 2022 World Cup draw

Thursday 31 March 2022 10:55

All eyes will be on the 2022 World Cup draw this Friday, with the ceremony in Doha scheduled to start at 17:00 BST.

Twelve nations from Europe, including the reigning world champions France, have already qualified for Qatar and, while countries from the same confederation cannot normally be drawn in the same group, there will be an exception for the UEFA sides. There will be a limit of two European teams per group.

Three places in the tournament remain up for grabs, including the European Path A which currently involves two Manchester United players in Scott McTominay and Dylan Levitt. Scotland are still awaiting the date for their semi-final with Ukraine, with Wales set to play the victors after a 2-1 triumph over Austria.

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The majority of the United men involved represent Pot 1 teams with the top seeds drawn out first and allocated their group by alphabetical position. Qatar, as hosts, have already been allocated Group A.

Among the Pot 1 nations are Brazil (Alex Telles and Fred), France (Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial), Spain (David De Gea) and Portugal (Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo). United Academy striker Alejandro Garnacho was in the latest Argentina squad but the 17-year-old featured for their Under-20s.

England are also among this pool and Gareth Southgate could name multiple Reds in his squad, including the likes of Dean HendersonLuke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Jesse LingardMarcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

CONFIRMED POT 1 NATIONS

Qatar
Brazil
Belgium
France
Argentina
England
Spain 
Portugal

Uruguay are in Pot 2, after Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri helped them qualify from the South American section with a game to spare.

Five of the countries in the second pot are from Europe, including the Netherlands, and Donny van de Beek will be striving to get back in Louis van Gaal's squad in time for the tournament.

Mexico and USA confirmed their places, as expected, even though the United States lost 2-0 at Costa Rica.

CONFIRMED POT 2 NATIONS

Mexico
USA
Netherlands
Germany
Denmark
Uruguay
Switzerland
Croatia

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There is currently only one United player among the Pot 3 countries as young midfielder Hannibal has forced his way into Tunisia's squad, after committing his future to the African nation.

Serbia are also in this section but Nemanja Matic has retired from international duty.

CONFIRMED POT 3 NATIONS

Senegal
Iran
Japan
Morocco
Serbia
Poland
South Korea
Tunisia

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Although the draw is taking place on Friday, all the Pot 4 sides are still to be confirmed. We know five of the countries already through but McTominay's Scotland and Levitt's Wales are still hoping to join them in Qatar. The UEFA Path A should, hopefully, be resolved in June.

The tournament kicks off on 21 November, with four matches played each day during the group stage. The final is being held on 18 December at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

CONFIRMED POT 4 NATIONS

Canada
Cameroon
Ecuador
Saudi Arabia
Ghana

TBC Scotland, Ukraine or Wales
TBC: Australia, UAE or Peru
TBC: Costa Rica or New Zealand

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