Who can United draw from Champions League Pot 1?
The Champions League group-stage draw takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, next Thursday and Manchester United will be among the second seeds at the anticipated UEFA ceremony.
As it stands, 26 teams are already assured of their places in the competition thanks to their domestic league finishes or, in the case of Villarreal, as Europa League winners. Six more places are still to be decided, by the third qualifying round that is due to conclude next Wednesday evening.
Pot one of four contains the Champions League holders, Europa League holders and the champions of the top six-ranked associations: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal. This means United will be drawn against one of the following top seeds: Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting or Villarreal.
Chelsea and Manchester City.are ruled out, because sides from the same country can't be drawn against each other at this stage.
So, who do you want from Pot 1? Let us know in the poll below…
Writers from United media explain which Pot 1 clubs they'd love to face in the Champions League group stage...
Adam Marshall: United have never played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and, by all accounts, it’s an atmospheric amphitheatre that would sound wonderful with the noisy travelling Reds belting out our anthems. We’ve only been drawn in Europe with the current champions of La Liga once before and I’m old enough to remember it. The outrageously gifted, if rather one-footed, Paulo Futre plotted our downfall in a 3-0 loss at their former home, the Vicente Calderon, before a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in 1991.So it’s about time we played them again and got a chance to work out how to break down Diego Simeone’s well-constructed defensive system.
2021/22 GROUP STAGE AS IT STANDS
ESP: Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal
ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
GER: Bayern, RB Leipzig, Dortmund, Wolfsburg
ITA: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus
FRA: LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
POR: Sporting CP, Porto
BEL: Club Brugge
UKR: Dynamo Kyiv
GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE
14/15 September 2021: Matchday 1
28/29 September 2021: Matchday 2
19/20 October 2021: Matchday 3
2/3 November 2021: Matchday 4
23/24 November 2021: Matchday 5
7/8 December 2021: Matchday 6