Manchester United face a challenging Champions League group stage after being placed alongside Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in Thursday’s draw.
United memorably reversed the 2-0 disadvantage by knocking out PSG in the round of 16 at the Parc des Princes 3-3 away two seasons ago. Yet last season Thomas Tuchel’s side reached the final, Leipzig were semi-finalists and Basaksehir became Turkish champions for the first time.
Group D sees Liverpool versus Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland, while Group G has the prospect of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo facing each other again after Barcelona and Juventus are drawn together, alongside Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros.
Manchester City will face Porto, Olympiakos and Marseille in Group C. Bayern Munich, holders, have Atlético Madrid, Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A, and Chelsea are in Group E with Europa League champions Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes .
Uefa also announced Thursday that fans will be able to attend the competition’s matches, even if only for a capacity of 30% and according to the respective local Covid regulations. Away fans will not be allowed.
Complete group stage draw
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland
Group E: Seville, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit St. Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir
Previously, the UK government said the travel corridors to Poland and Turkey were removed and the countries added to the national quarantine list. While the team’s players and staff are expected to remain exempt, that means any traveling media would have to spend 14 days in solitary confinement if they were to cover United’s match in Istanbul. France is already on the list.
The opening group matches will be played on 20 and 21 October. The first of three consecutive weeks of matches before the November international break is followed by the last three rounds, which are completed on 8 and 9 December. The match schedule of the group stage will be published on Friday by Uefa.
At the draw, Chelsea’s Pernille Harder and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski won the Uefa women’s and men’s awards of the year.