Manchester United have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League group stage after the draw was made in Geneva on Thursday.
United make their return to the Champions League this season after a one-year absence in which they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already overseen a famous Champions League victory over PSG during his time in charge of the club, with United defying the odds to defeat the French giants two seasons ago. United were eventually beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
United booked their return to the competition after a remarkable run of form post-lockdown last season which saw them break into the Premier League’s top four. Their reward was a place in Pot 2 alongside fellow heavyweights such as Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City.
That opened up the possibility of them being paired against the current Champions League or Europa League holders, or one of the winners of the top six European leagues.
The first group stage fixtures will take place in just under three weeks’ time, starting on 20/21 October, with another fixture a week later on 27/28 October.
In November, match day 3 is on 3/4 November, with match day 4 on 24/25 November. The final three games take place in consecutive weeks, with match day 5 on 1/2 December and match day 6 on 8/9 December.
UEFA have ruled that group games can be played as late as January 28 should COVID-19 derail the planned calendar and delay matches.
If it is not possible to complete the group stage within this extended window a committee will be charged with deciding which clubs will qualify for the knockout stages.
Champions League group stage match dates
Match day 1: 20/21 October
Match day 2: 27/28 October
Match day 3: 3/4 November
Match day 4: 24/25 November
Match day 5: 1/2 December
Match day 6: 8/9 December