Manchester United's possible Champions League play-off opponents

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Manchester United could face a difficult two-legged tie to qualify for the Champions League proper next season after Monaco were confirmed as potential opponents.

Louis van Gaal's side fended off the challenge of Liverpool and Tottenham to finish in the Premier League's coveted fourth place, giving them the chance to return to the Champions League after a one-year absence.

However, they must first face a play-off tie before their place in Europe's top tier competition and the extra revenue that comes with it, is confirmed.

With Europe's footballing season coming to a close, they now know the teams they could face, and there are some big names included.

One of them is AS Monaco, who made headlines this season by knocking out Arsenal in the round of 16 and were narrowly beaten 1-0 on aggregate by finalists Juventus.

Notable teams

Another notable team in the line-up is Lazio, who finished third in Serie A behind AS Roma and Juventus, fending off the challenge of Rafa Benitez's Napoli side in the process.

Other teams who could certainly provide a tough test include Russian side CSKA Moscow and Portuguese outfit Sparta Prague. The Red Devils could also face a long-haul trip to Turkey if they are drawn against Fenerbahce.

The challenge

Manchester United have not contended a play-off in a decade, but overcame Hungarian side Debrecen to advance with ease.

The rules have since changed, making it harder for teams from Europe's top five leagues to make it past that stage. 

Luckily, a seeding system means that United will avoid the likes of  Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax.

The full list

  • Anderlecht (Belgium)
  • CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  • Fenerbahce (Turkey)
  • Monaco (France)
  • Lazio (Italy)
  • Panathinaikos (Greece)
  • Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Young Boys (Switzerland)


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