Official: Manchester United's five possible Champions League opponents; best and worst draws

Champions league cup

Manchester United's potential Champions League opponents have been confirmed.

The five teams Manchester United can face in the final round of Champions League qualifying have been confirmed.

United enter the draw at the last phase before the group stages, with the third round completed on Wednesday evening.

As confirmed by the club's official twitter feed, the five clubs Manchester United could face are as follows:

- AS Monaco

- Club Brugges

- CSKA Moscow

- Lazio

- Rapid Vienna

Here's our verdict on the possibilities and who they should hope to draw, and avoid.

Best possible draw

This is a tie United cannot afford to lose, in both a financial and sporting sense, and the easiest draw possible would be a welcome relief to them. 

They should be hoping for Belgian side Club Brugges, who are the weakest of the five teams. They knocked out a poor Panathaniakos side in the last round, winning 4-0 on aggregate.

They finished second in the Jupiler Pro League last season, with striker Obbi Oulare the key dangerman.

Worst possible draw

There are two draws United should desperately hope to avoid. The first would be Russian club CSKA Moscow, for two reasons.

Firstly there is the exertion of a long flight to Russia which could have a knock on effect for their opening Premier League games, and secondly, the Russian Premier League is already up and running and the players at full fitness.

AS Monaco are also dangerous, as Arsenal will testify. The Ligue 1 club knocked the Gunners out on their run to the quarter-finals last season and are tactically astute enough to cause real problems for the Red Devils, with players like Joao Moutinho and Anthony Martial in their ranks.

Of particular note

There are two reunions United could face. The first would be if they draw CSKA Moscow, former Red Devils mystery man Zoran Tosic could finally get a chance to make an impact at Old Trafford.

Another interesting subplot could be if they are drawn against Lazio, with troubled winger Ravel Morrison to be presented the opportunity of knocking out his old club.

Rapid Vienna are no pushover either, beating Ajax in the last round. Daley Blind and Louis van Gaal may both be extra keen to exact revenge for their former club.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch