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Manchester United’s possible Champions League next season group stage opponents.

Manchester United's possible Champions League next season group stage opponents.

A search for silverware at Old Trafford is set to stretch into a fifth season, but the Red Devils can take solace from their Champions League silver lining.

Having reached the first-ever final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the expectation was on United as they sought to recover the same Europa League trophy they won in 2017, during Jose Mourinho’s reighn.

But wasn’t quite meant to be, though, and Solskjaer’s side were humiliated on penalty kicks by spirited Villarreal.

As a result of that decision against Spanish contestants at the Gdansk Stadium on Wednesday night, United have been entered in Pot 2 ahead of next season’s Champions League group stage draw.

CustomarilyCustomarily, that would see them go up against some of the most feared teams on the continent.

However, regarding how title races played out in France and Spain, for example, it means United won’t be joined against Barcelona, Real Madrid, or big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, in the first case anyway.

However, they will be pitted against one team from each of the remaining three pots – with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, arguably, granting their toughest possible group stage opponents.

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As anticipated from this elite tournament, there are lots of tough games in prospect against sides in Pot 3 and Pot 4, while there are still spots up for snatches on account of further qualification stages.

Here is the review of who has qualified for the Champions League group stage in 2021/2022 so far:

UCL 2021/2022: Pot 1

Atletico Madrid – Spain

Manchester City – England

Bayern Munich – Germany

Inter Milan – Italy

Lille – France

Sporting Lisbon – Portugal

Chelsea – England

Villarreal – Spain

UCL 2021/2022: Pot 2

Liverpool – England

Real Madrid – Spain

Barcelona – Spain

Juventus – Italy

Paris Saint-Germain – France

Sevilla – Spain

Manchester United – England

Borussia Dortmund – Germany

UCL 2021/2022: Pot 3

Ajax – Netherlands

RB Leipzig – Germany

Atalanta – Italy

Porto – Portugal

Zenit Saint Petersburg – Russia

UCL 2021/2022: Pot 4

AC Milan – Italy

Wolfsburg – Germany

UCL 2021/2022: Pot TBC

Besiktas – Turkey

Dinamo Kiev – Ukraine

Club Brugge – Belgium

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