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

30 Aug

Manchester United will be hoping the Champions League draw will give them a distraction after a tough start to the campaign.

The Red Devils were knocked out in the round of 16 last year by Sevilla, so they will hope to go further this time.

Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure after back-to-back defeats

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 what would things look like if they were drawn into a ‘group of death’?

Check out talkSPORT.com’s picks below.

Pot 1 – Barcelona

Manchester United have not been at their best this season and you have to worry about how a full strength Barcelona would look against them. Lionel Messi on form at the Theatre of Dreams would be the stuff of nightmares for Jose Mourinho.

Pot 3 – Monaco

Now a blend of youth and experience, Leonardo Jardim’s side have had to do more work in the transfer market this summer to build a competitive squad. They still have the likes of Radamel Falcao, Kamil Glik, and Danijel Subasic, but now they have got Pietro Pellegri in, along with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin.

Pot 4 – Inter Milan

After a lengthy absence from the Champions League, Internazionale are in Pot 4 so will be the team everyone wants to avoid. Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij in defence, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic in midfield, and Mauro Icardi in attack, they will be tough opponents – and then you have to try and beat Samir Handanovic between the sticks!