When is the draw for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage and who can Manchester United face?  -UtdDistrict

When is the draw for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage and who can Manchester United face? -UtdDistrict

Manchester United will return to the Champions League next season after Erik ten Hag led the club to a third-place finish in the Premier League during his first season at Old Trafford.

The Reds were in the Europa League last season and reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by eventual winners Sevilla.

Ten Hag’s side will look to improve upon their return to Europe’s most elite league. Mason Mount, who won the league with Chelsea in 2021, seems to be the club’s first acquisition this summer.

Andre Onana could soon join him as a replacement between the sticks for David de Gea, whose contract with United is now expiring. The Inter goalkeeper lost to Manchester City in the final of the tournament last month, but was a star in the encounter.

United will have to maneuver through the group stage of the competition before thinking about reaching the final stages. Their last final appearance was in 2011 when they lost to Barcelona.

Now that all of Europe’s top seasons are behind us, United now know the potential opposition they could face in the opening games of the competition next season.

When is the draw for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage?

The draw for the group stage of the 2023/24 Champions League will take place on Thursday, August 31, 2023, one day after the end of the qualifying round of the competition.

Who can Manchester United face in the group stage of the 2023/24 Champions League

A total of 32 teams are involved in the group stage of the competition, 26 of which have already qualified. The remaining six clubs earn their place in the group stage after wins in the qualifying rounds of the competition.

Teams are placed in four different pots, with pot 1 containing the title holders, the Europa League winners and the champions of the top six national leagues based on UEFA country coefficients. The remaining three pots are filled according to a team’s UEFA club coefficient.

UEFA’s placements for the group stage of the competition have already been announced, with 23 of the 26 teams seeded in pots 1-4. Newcastle, Real Sociedad and Celtic will have to wait for the remaining six teams to qualify before knowing which pot they will be placed in.

Manchester United have been placed in pot 2, which means they will not face any teams from the same pot. That includes Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto and Arsenal.

The Reds will face three other teams in the group stage, one from each of the remaining pots.

Manchester City are in pot 1 after winning the league for the first time in their history last season. However, due to competition rules, United will not be able to compete against fellow citizens in the group stage. The rest of the pot consists of Sevilla, Barcelona, ‚Äč‚ÄčNapoli, Bayern Munich, PSG, Benfica and Feyenoord, all of whom could be placed in a group with The Reds.

Pot 3 has five confirmed teams that could finish in United’s group. Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, AC Milan, Lazio and Red Star Belgrade form that pot.

Meanwhile, pot 4 has only two confirmed teams, with the majority of teams from qualifying expected to enter this pot. As it stands, Union Berlin and RC Lens are the only teams in the pot.

A table of the current state of play, as provided by GOAL, can be viewed below:

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