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Best and worst case scenarios for Man United in Champions League draw

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Pot one

Teams: Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Zenit St Petersburg, Porto

Best-case scenario: Porto

Naturally, there are plenty of hard teams in this pot, so it’s a choice of two for the best-case scenario – Porto or Zenit St Petersburg.

Zenit have some capable strikers and an away trip to Russia is the last thing United will want in such a hectic season, so Porto can be considered the best-case scenario.

The Portuguese champions have some good players but are not the force they once were – and United should feel confident of overpowering them in midfield.

Worst case scenario: Bayern Munich

The German giants were crowned champions of Europe last month after a dominant display in the Champions League.

Their attacking prowess was showcased by an astonishing 8-2 victory over Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

While the loss of midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool will weaken Bayern slightly, their attack could cause a currently shaky United defence plenty of problems, especially with the pace of Serge Gnabry and full-back Alphonso Davies.

Pot three

Teams: Dynamo Kyiv, RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiacos, Lazio, Krasnodar, Atalanta

Best-case scenario: Dynamo Kyiv

There are a few teams in pot three that would represent favourable draws for United.

Olympiacos are a solid outfit but beatable, while Krasnodar have won just one Champions League game in their history.

Yet, as their Europa League victory over Arsenal showed, Olympiacos have the capability to shock teams, and Krasnodar would involve a lengthy journey.

Therefore, Dynamo Kyiv would probably be the best option from this pot.

They finished second in the Ukrainian Premier League last season and, while they have a fairly solid defence, it remains to be seen whether their attack can carry a threat at the highest level.

Worst case scenario: Inter Milan

Alongside some favourable teams on paper, there are also a number of difficult draws in pot three.

RB Salzburg are capable of giving teams a fright, while Atalanta performed superbly in the Champions League last term.

RB Leipzig reached the semi-finals of the Champions League but, without Timo Werner, it remains to be seen if they still have the quality in attack needed to put teams to the sword at this level.

That is why we have chosen a resurgent Inter Milan as the worst-case pot-three opponents for United.

Antonio Conte managed Inter to the Europa League final last season and Romelu Lukaku was in good form following his move from Old Trafford.

Pot four

Teams: Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Bakasehir, Midtjylland, Rennes, Ferencvaros

Best case scenario: Club Brugge

There are perhaps a few unknown quantities in this pot, plus a few long away trips.

Some may be tempted to say Hungarian side Ferencvaros are the best-case scenario, but they recorded some excellent results to qualify for the Champions League – including knocking out Celtic.

That is why, perhaps in this pot, it is better to go for an opponent that United are already knowledgeable about — the Reds comfortably dispatched Club Brugge in the Europa League last season

Worst case scenario: Lokomotiv Moscow

French side Rennes could be tricky opponents but a midweek trip to Moscow in a truncated season is the main thing United should be hoping to avoid.

United would feel relatively confident about facing Lokomotiv, who finished second in the Russian Premier League last season, but the potential of a long journey and a busy week makes facing other teams a little more favourable.

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