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Manchester United drawn against Juventus, Valencia, and Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League

Manchester United found out their fate in this seasons UEFA Champions League. After a poor start to the Premier League season which has seen United beat Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford but also lose 3-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium, which was followed by a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday evening, despite United playing well for the majority of the match.

United will be seeking to return to winning ways on Sunday when they travel to Burnley, who are in action this evening in the UEFA Europa League play-off, aiming to secure a place on Friday’s draw for the group stages of the competition. United may be able to take their minds off the Premier League knowing their fate in the Champions League, which will need to bring out the best of all the players.

Last season, United exited the Champions League at the round of 16 stage, losing on aggregate to Sevilla. It was not the best night in Europe for United and will need to be something that the club attempt to change this season, although after the start United have had in the Premier League, it will take a lot for United to become a capable side to take on Europe’s elite clubs.

What group will Manchester United play in this seasons UEFA Champions League?

United were drawn in group H of the Champions League. Italian champions Juventus had already been drawn in the group as they were placed in pot one with United being placed in pot two. Valencia, of pot three were also drawn to play in the group. The final team, which was drawn from pot four, was Young Boys. It may not be the group of death many were expecting but it will be a tough group.

Who will Manchester United face in the UEFA Champions League this season?

Manchester United will face Italian champions Juventus, Spanish side Valencia and Switzerland’s Young Boys. The matches will all kick off at 8pm in the United Kingdom, whether it be BST or GMT, which is a good thing. Many were not too pleased to learn of the 5.55pm kick offs, which will obviously become a problem for those working, as all Champions League matches will be played during the week.

United will open their Champions League campaign away to Young Boys in Switzerland, playing at the Stade de Suisse, also known as the Wankdorf in Bern, Switzerland, on Wednesday 19 September 2018; KO 8pm. The second match, at Old Trafford on Tuesday 2 October 2018; KO 8pm, will be against Spanish side Valencia. The third match, another home clash, will be against Juventus on Tuesday 23 October 2018; KO 8pm.

The fourth match, against Juventus at the Juventus Stadium, also known as the Allianz Stadium, will be played on Wednesday 7 November 2018; KO 8pm. The penultimate game of the group will be against Young Boys at Old Trafford on Tuesday 27 November 2018; KO 8pm with the final game being played at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia on Wednesday 12 December 2018; KO 8pm.

What do we know about Manchester United’s opposition in the UEFA Champions League this season?

Juventus will be the biggest opposition United will face in the Champions League this season. The two-time Champions League winners have just signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer, which will see lots of attention in the double-header at Old Trafford on the 2 October and at the Juventus Stadium on the 23 October. The Italian giants have won nine European trophies in this history.

Valencia are no easy feat either. Andreas Pereira will know all about them, spending last season at the club on loan. The Spanish side has never won the Champions League but they have made it to the final and lost twice; in the 1999/2000 season and the 2000/01 season, being beaten by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. They also reached the quarter-finals in the 2002/03 and 2006/07 seasons.

Young Boys have not won a European trophy in their history but that does not mean they will not be up for the challenge against United. The Swiss side has won the Swiss Super League 12 times, the last being last season. They may not be one of the most successful teams to come out of Switzerland but that will not make them an easy opponent for Jose Mourinho’s United.

How has Manchester United fared against their UEFA Champions League opposition in the past?

United have faced Juventus 12 times in European competition, winning five matches, losing five matches and drawing twice. The most famous clashes between the two clubs will be during the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League season where United drew 1-1 in Turin, winning 3-2 at Old Trafford. United have beaten Juventus the last three times they have played them, the last two matches being more than 15 years ago.

United and Valencia have faced each other eight time in European competition, winning twice, losing once and drawing five times. It has been eight years since the two sides have met competitively, United winning and drawing in the group stages of the Champions League in the 2010/11 season. United have never faced Young Boys competitively. This season will be the first time they have faced the club from Switzerland.

Are there any links between Manchester United and their UEFA Champions League opposition this season?

There are a few links between the clubs in the group stage this season. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford, nine years after he left the Theatre of Dreams for Real Madrid, this time returning with his new club, Juventus, as part of a new challenge for the 33-year-old. Paul Pogba will return to Juventus, the club where he made his bid for first team football after leaving United in the summer of 2012.

Juan Mata will return home to Valencia, which is where he played before making the ÂŁ23.5 million move to Chelsea in the summer of 2011. Mata has played against United the year before he left the Spanish club, with United undefeated against Valencia that season in the group stages of the competition. It will, no doubt, be an emotional return for the 30-year-old later this season.

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