Manchester United have been drawn against Bayern Munich in this season’s Champions League group stage, while Paris Saint-Germain will be forced to navigate what looks to be the toughest group in the competition.
Bayern and United are familiar foes in the Champions League, most notably competing in the 1999 final when Sir Alex Ferguson’s United famously completed the treble. The fixture will also mark Harry Kane‘s return to England after he left Tottenham to join Bayern earlier this month.
Holders Manchester City will be heavily favoured to reach the knockout stages after drawing RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in Group G — City knocked out Leipzig at the round-of-16 stage last season and signed their star defender Joško Gvardiol this summer.
Arsenal are also making their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2017 and have so far managed to avoid the continent’s heavyweights, being drawn to face Sevilla, PSV Eindhoven and Lens in Group B.
Thursday’s draw, held in Monaco, is the final time a group stage draw will take place, with UEFA expanding the competition next season to a 36-team format that includes one league table.
The group stage will begin Sept. 19-20 and end Dec. 12-13. The knockout stages will begin in February.
This season’s final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London on June 1.
Full UCL group stage draw:
GROUP A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray
GROUP B: Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Lens
GROUP C: Napoli, Real Madrid, SC Braga, Union Berlin
GROUP D: Benfica, Inter Milan, FC Salzburg, Real Sociedad
GROUP E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Celtic
GROUP F: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Newcastle United
GROUP G: Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young Boys
GROUP H: Barcelona, FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp
POST AUTHOR: ESPN