Champions League draw: Is this Manchester United’s best-case scenario?

30 Aug

Manchester United have had a tough start to the season so the Champions League draw will give them a distraction.

Sevilla knocked out the three-time winners of the competition in the round of 16 last year, so they will hope to go further this time.

Manchester United players celebrate a goal in the Champions League against Benfica last term.

The Red Devils, in Pot 2 this time, encountered a relatively easy group, facing CSKA Moscow, Basel, and Benfica, and winning all but one match – a defeat away to their Swiss opponents.

It was very much a best-case scenario group, but who will they be hoping to draw this time for, theoretically, an easier route to the knockout phase?

Check out talkSPORT.com’s picks below.

Pot 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow

On the face of it, they are the easiest of the potential opponents from this pot but Lokomotiv still have talents like Bendikt Howedes in defence, Jefferson Farfan, the Miranchuk twins, Fyodor Smolov, and Euro 2016 winner Eder.

Pot 3 – PSV Eindhoven

This is also by no means an easy fixture with the Dutch side counting World Cup sensation Hirving Lozano, talented 20-year-old Steven Bergwijn, Gaston Pereira, and Luuk de Jong in their side. They have, though, lost Santiago Arias, Marco van Ginkel, and Jurgen Locadia.

Pot 4 – Viktoria Plzen

Still tricky, the Red Devils should have more than enough for the Czech title winners, who rocked an embattled Sporting Lisbon in the qualifying stages. The club already lead their league by three points having won their opening six games. Forward Michael Krmenčík has got seven goals already so will be their dangerman.