Manchester United are back in the Champions League, and Louis van Gaal will be relieved to have avoided most of Europe's superclubs. United were today drawn into Group B, alongside Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, Russian side CSKA Moscow, and
Not that this is an easy group. PSV were Dutch champions last season, and though they sold their best player to, er, Manchester United, and their second-best player to Newcastle, they will almost certainly be able to choose from a platoon of young, technically-gifted starlets. CSKA Moscow caused Manchester City plenty of problems last season, and can call upon the wonderfully named Pontus Wernbloom.
As for Wolfsburg, well, there's two things here. One, let's just wait and see if they do sell Kevin Du Bruyne to Manchester City. And two, Nicklas Bendtner!
Thoughts? Delighted to have avoided Barcelona? Irritated not to be taking on one of the superpowers? Upset not to be making an adventurous jaunt to distant Astana or happening Tel Aviv?
Confirmed #mufc Champions League fixture dates (1/2): 15 Sep - PSV Eindhoven (A); 30 Sep - Wolfsburg (H); 21 Oct - CSKA Moscow (A).— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2015
Confirmed #mufc Champions League fixture dates (2/2): 3 Nov - CSKA Moscow (H); 25 Nov - PSV Eindhoven (H); 8 Dec - Wolfsburg (A).— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2015
Pars Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmö
PSV, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, VfL Wolfsburg
Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana
Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Barcelona, Leverkusen, Roma, BATE
Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiakos, Dinamo
Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Zenit St Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent