Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Europa Win Hands Reds Easier Draw Next Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Europa Win Hands Reds Easier Draw Next Season

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UNITED will return to Europe's top table after their historic Europa League final win against Ajax.

As well as winning the trophy for the first time, the victory in Stockholm has given the Reds crucial UEFA coefficient ranking points - and potentially a kinder draw in the Champions League group stages.

They now have a coefficient of 95.192 to put them in Pot 2 of the draw and will avoid facing Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Porto.

Had the Reds qualified for the Champions League through their league position, they would have been in Pot 3 based on their UEFA coefficient over the last five years.

With United having failed to play in the knockout stages of Europe's top competition since 2014, that could have meant an even tougher draw.

But they could still face a European heavyweight in the group stages. …

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