Manchester United are ready to return to the big European stage this season, and they will find out who they will face in the Champions League group stage on Thursday when the draw takes place in Monaco.

José Mourinho’s side booked their return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2015 by beating Ajax to lift the Europa League trophy in Stockholm at the end of May.

United fans will be eagerly watching the draw (16:00 BST) to see who they will be paired with and the Reds will be in the second pot of teams to be drawn out on Thursday, which means they will be facing at least one of Europe’s powerhouses early on.

Mourinho will be hoping to improve on the last time United took part in the Champions League, where they were knocked out in a group containing CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven.

Here’s a quick look at how the Champions League draw could shape up for Manchester United:

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