Manchester United handed comfortable Euro return

Manchester United have been handed a fairly comfortable return to the UEFA Champions League, which is more than can be said for their neighbours.

The Reds missed out on European football altogether last season after David Moyes could only lead them to a seventh place finish in the 2013/14 Premier League, but Louis van Gaal ensured they returned to the biggest stage when he first guided them to fourth place last term, and then saw his side run out easy 7-1 aggregate victors over Belgian side Club Brugge in a playoff.

And the Dutch coach now faces a return to his homeland in the group stages after being draw with PSV Eindhoven, which also means Memphis Depay making a swift visit to the club he left for Old Trafford in the summer. CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg make up the opponents in Group B, the latter of whom could be without Kevin De Bruyne who looks set for Manchester City.

The Blues are now used to getting tough challenges in the group stages of the Champions League, and this has proven to be the case once more after they were handed a tough assignment against Italian champions Juventus and Spaniards Sevilla, who won the UEFA Europa League for a second successive time last season. German side Borussia Monchengladbach make up Group D.

Arsene Wenger must meet Pep Guardiola as Arsenal were drawn against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Group F, along with Croatians Dinamo Zagreb and Greek side Olympiakos. It looks a fairly easy route for Chelsea, the Premier League champions, who have been drawn in Group G and will take on Portuguese side Porto, Russians Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel.

Reigning champions Barcelona face Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Bate Borisov in Group E, whilst Real Madrid will take on Paris Saint Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo in Group A. Group C consists of Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Kazakhstan outfit Astana, and the final Group, H involves Zenit St Petersburg, Lyon, Gent and a fifth Spanish side in Valencia.

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