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Here are the 5 teams Man United can be drawn with in the Champions League

Monaco and Lazio appear to pose the biggest threat for Louis van Gaal’s side in tomorrow’s play-off draw in Nyon.

Monaco reached the last eight of the competition last season.
Monaco reached the last eight of the competition last season.
Image: EMPICS Sport

MANCHESTER UNITED WILL learn their fate in the Champions League play-off draw tomorrow, which takes place in Switzerland at 11am Irish time.

Having clinched a fourth-place league finish in his first season at the club, Louis van Gaal faces a two-legged qualifier to reach the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition.

United are one of five seeded teams in the non-champions route, along with Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar and Sporting Lisbon, meaning they will face one of CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Club Brugge, Monaco or Rapid Vienna.

French side Monaco appear to pose the biggest threat, having finished third in Ligue 1 while also knocking Arsenal out of Europe en route to the Champions League quarter-finals last season.

Serie A outfit Lazio would also be tough prospect, while they would not relish a lengthy trip to the Russian capital to face CSKA Moscow.

Celtic, meanwhile, have been seeded in the champions route side of the draw.

The ties will be played on 18/19 and 25/26 August.

Man United Club America Soccer Man United boss Louis van Gaal. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Non champions route

Seeded: Man United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon.
Non-seeded: CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Monaco, Club Brugge, Rapid Vienna.

Champions route

Seeded: FC Basel, Celtic, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb.
Non-seeded: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Partizan Belgrade, Malmo, FK Astana, Skenderbeu Korce.

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