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Manchester United handed Champions League boost after City defeat to Chelsea

Manchester City’s defeat in the Champions League final against Chelsea has handed Manchester United a boost for next season’s competition.

United missed the opportunity to seal a spot in pot 1 of the group-stage draw later this year with their defeat in the Europa League final in midweek.

However, that came alongside a silver lining as it means that United won’t be paired with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.

Now, following Chelsea’s victory in Porto, United have seen another European giant join the list of sides they will not face in the opening round of the competition.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will take a spot in pot 1 for the draw, with Borussia Dortmund being beneficiaries as they have risen from pot 3 to the second spot courtesy of Chelsea’s win.

It also means the number of potential opponents for United from pot 1 is limited further, as they cannot face a side from the Premier League until the latter stages of the competition.

That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will either face Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting CP or Villarreal.

Pot 3 does have some banana skins to avoid too, as it includes RB Leipzig, Ajax and Atalanta, while AC Milan are the big team to avoid in Pot 4.

The rest of the make-up of the pots is still to be decided, with the qualification stages set to commence in the coming months to fill the final spots in the competition.

Pot 1

Atletico Madrid

Man City

Bayern Munich

Inter Milan


Sporting CP



Pot 2


Real Madrid





Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3


RB Leipzig



Zenit St Petersburg

Pot 4

AC Milan


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