The eight Champions League groups have been completed, all sixteen qualifiers for the knock out stage have been identified – and Manchester United now have a much better idea of who may be their next opponent in February. Nine clubs will definitely be avoided because they are either fellow Group Winners, Premier League clubs who cannot meet each other and Valencia who were in the same group as United in the first round. The clubs that United CANNOT possibly meet are Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Schalke 04, Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal
The next opponent for United therefore comes down to one of these clubs
Three from Italy, two from France and a surprise packet from Denmark. The outcome shows just how boringly predictable the Group stages of the Champions League have become. With the possible exception of Copenhagen, every other qualifier could have easily been predicted before a ball was even kicked. The full draw will be made by UEFA on Friday December 17.
Which club would you like United to be drawn against?