The time has one again come for UEFA to spend an unnecessary amount of time basking in their own glory. That’s right, the group stage draw of the Champions League is upon us.
Scheduled to take place at 5pm BST on Thursday, the draw will take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and be streamed live on UEFA.com.
For the third season in a row, Real Madrid will enter the group stage draw as defending champions – though much has changed at the Bernabeu since this time last year, with Zinedine Zidane having stepped down following last season’s triumph, and Cristiano Ronaldo having swapped Madrid for Turin.
32 teams will be split into four seeded pots for the draw – with Pot 1 comprising of league winners and the winners of last season’s Champions League and Europa League.
So who could United face in the group stages? The Red Devils will be in Pot 2 for the draw, which throws up some interesting permutations.
Here’s a full breakdown of each pot, followed by the arguable best-case and worst-case scenarios for Jose Mourinho and his men…