Manchester United could face Monaco in Champions League

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Manchester United last lifted the Champions League in 2008

Manchester United will find out on 7 August who they will face in the play-off round of the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal's side finished fourth in the Premier League, looking to return to the group stages of the competition after a one-season absence.

The three-time winners could face 2004 finalists Monaco, who beat Arsenal in the last 16 this season.

The Red Devils could also come up against other unseeded teams such as Lazio or Sporting Lisbon.

Anderlecht, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce, Panathinaikos, Rapid Vienna, Sparta Prague and Young Boys make up the rest of their possible opponents.

United missed out on playing in the tournament during the 2014-15 season after finishing seventh under David Moyes in his sole season as manager.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, they appeared in Europe's elite competition for 18 consecutive campaigns between 1996 and 2014.

The last time they played in the qualifiers was 10 years ago, overcoming Hungarian side Debrecen to advance.

Ties to be played on 18/19 and 25/26 August 2015

Manchester United's possible Champions League play-off opponents
Where they finished in the leagueEuropean Cup pedigree
Club Brugge2nd in BelgiumFinalists (1978)
CSKA Moscow2nd in RussiaQuarter-finals (2010)
Fenerbahce2nd in TurkeyQuarter-finals (2008)
Monaco3rd in FranceFinalists (2004)
Lazio3rd in ItalyQuarter-finals (2000)
Panathinaikos2nd in GreeceFinalists (1971)
Rapid Vienna2nd in AustriaSemi-finals (1961)
Sparta Prague2nd in Czech RepublicQuarter-finals (1966, 1968 and 1985)
Sporting Lisbon3rd in PortugalLast 16 (1958, 1962 and 2009)
Young Boys2nd in SwitzerlandSemi-finals (1959)

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